Day 5: Severe Weather Preparedness Week
Today, Feb. 9, is the last day of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
The topic for today is Flood Safety:
River flooding occurs when heavy rain and runoff fill the river basins with water too quickly.
Flash floods occur suddenly and usually within hours of excessive heavy rainfall. Flash floods can also occur with a dam or levee failure. Heavy rain should be a signal that alerts you to the possibility of dangerous flood conditions. During periods of heavy rains, stay away from flood-prone areas such as stream beds, drainage ditches, and culverts. Move to higher ground if flooding threatens your area. If you live or work in flood-prone areas, remain alert during periods of heavy rain. Be especially cautious at night as it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
The National Weather Service provides the following flood safety tips:
If a flood watch or warning has been issued, copy important documents, seal them in a watertight container and add them to your Ready kit.
Never drive your car into water of unknown depth. Most flash flood deaths occur when people drive their vehicles into flood waters.
If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground. Flood water may rise quickly, cover the vehicle and sweep it away.
Stay out of flooded areas. The water may still be rising and very swift. A rapidly flowing stream can sweep you off your feet and sweep your vehicle downstream.
For more information and tips on flood safety and preparedness, visit weather.gov/mob/Severe_Flood, and for more resources on how you can prepare for severe weather emergencies and other disasters, visit gema.georgia.gov and follow @GeorgiaEMAHS on social media.