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Looks like March will come in like a lion, with severe storms and
flooding possible as a strong cold front moves east across Illinois
[March 01, 2007]
WASHINGTON -- Flood and flash
Know what to expect
Know your area's flood risk -- if
unsure, call your
local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, or
planning and zoning department.
If it has been
raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several
days, be alert to the possibility of a flood.
Listen to local radio
or TV stations for flood information.
Reduce potential flood damage by...
Raising your furnace,
water heater and electric panel if they are in areas of your
home that may be flooded.
Consult with a
professional for further information if this and other damage
reduction measures can be taken.
Floods can take several hours to days to develop
Flash floods can take only a few minutes to a few hours to
Prepare a family disaster plan
Check to see if you
have insurance that covers flooding. If not, find out how to get
policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box.
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Assemble a disaster supplies kit containing...
First-aid kit and
Canned food and can
At least three
gallons of water per person.
rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
Special items for
infants, elderly or disabled family members.
for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities
advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to
turn them back on.)
Identify where you
could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places... a
friend's home in another town, a motel or a shelter.
When a flood WATCH is issued...
Move your furniture
and valuables to higher floors of your home.
Fill your car's gas
tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
When a flood WARNING is issued...
- Listen to local radio and TV stations for information and
advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.
When a flash flood WATCH is issued...
- Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate
on a moment's notice.
When a flash flood WARNING is issued...
Or if you think it
has already started, evacuate immediately. You may have only
seconds to escape. Act quickly!
Move to higher ground
away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains. Do not drive
around barricades; they are there for your safety.
If your car stalls in
rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to
[Text from the
American Red Cross]