This guide, provided by your local municipal government, is intended to help you respond to the ongoing flooding in your area. It is crucial to act quickly and follow these recommendations to ensure the safety of your family, property, and community during this emergency.
1. Stay informed and follow official advice:
- Monitor local news, weather forecasts, and flood warnings closely.
- Sign up for emergency alerts and notifications from your municipal government.
- Follow instructions from authorities and evacuate if advised.
2. Ensure the safety of your family and pets:
- Gather your family members, including pets, and move to higher ground.
- Stay together and remain calm.
- Never attempt to walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters.
3. Secure your home and property:
- If safe to do so, shut off utilities (electricity, gas, and water) to prevent damage and accidents.
- Move valuable items, documents, and electronics to upper floors or higher locations.
- Secure outdoor items that could be carried away by floodwaters, such as furniture and grills.
4. Evacuate promptly if required:
- Follow your pre-established evacuation plan or designated evacuation routes.
- Keep an emergency kit with essential items (non-perishable food, water, medication, battery-operated radio, etc.) readily accessible.
- Notify friends, family, or emergency contacts of your evacuation plans and intended destination.
5. Stay connected with your community:
- Reach out to neighbors and community members to share information and offer assistance.
- Use social media and messaging apps to stay updated on local conditions and available resources.
- Monitor your municipal government’s social media accounts for important updates during the flood event.
6. Avoid flood hazards and prioritize safety:
- Stay away from power lines, damaged buildings, and other potential hazards.
- Do not enter floodwaters, as they can be contaminated or hide dangerous debris.
- Avoid driving on flooded roads, as vehicles can be easily swept away.
7. Document damages for insurance purposes:
- If it is safe to do so, take photos or videos of flood damage to your property.
- Keep a record of damaged items and their approximate value.
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report the damages.
8. Reach out for assistance if needed:
- If you require emergency assistance, do not hesitate to call 911.
- Contact local disaster relief organizations or community centers for temporary shelter and resources.
- Keep in touch with friends and family to ensure they are aware of your situation and can provide support.
During this ongoing flood event, your safety and the safety of your loved ones should be your top priority. Stay informed, follow official guidance, and take appropriate precautions to protect your family, home, and community. We will overcome this crisis together, and your local municipal government is here to support you every step of the way.