IEMA offers safety tips during National Flood Safety Awareness Week,
flooded roads, 'Turn Around, Don't Drown' can save lives
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[March 20, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD — With the spring
2013 floods still fresh in the minds of many Illinois residents, the
Illinois Emergency Management Agency joins the National Weather
Service and other emergency management organizations across the
country to observe National Flood Safety Awareness Week, March
16-22. Throughout the week, IEMA is encouraging Illinois residents
to learn more about flooding and to take steps to be better
"We're keeping a close eye on rivers and streams across the state so
that we're prepared for potential flooding this spring," said IEMA
Director Jonathon Monken. "But it's also important for people to
stay aware of flood risks in their communities and know what they
can do to stay safe if flooding occurs."
Monken said one of the
most important safety tips during flooding is "Turn Around, Don't
Drown," which is intended to remind people to never drive on a
flooded road. Most flood-related fatalities involve people in
vehicles attempting to drive through water covering a road. The
speed and depth of the water is not always obvious, and as little as
2 feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles, including
trucks and SUVs.
Flood preparedness tips:
Develop a family
emergency plan and review it with all family members.
emergency supply kit with bottled water, nonperishable food,
first-aid items, flashlight, radio, batteries and more.
Stay aware of weather conditions in
your area, particularly if you live or work in areas known to
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itemized list of your personal property. Include photos or
videos of the inside and outside of your home. Store these
documents in a safe location away from your home.
Consider purchasing flood
insurance, since flood losses are not covered under
homeowners insurance policies.
For more information about
flood preparedness, visit the Ready Illinois website at
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Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]