Failing to recognize flood dangers can lead to injury, even death. Personal safety is most important in a flood emergency. Review and share the following points with your loved ones.
- Discuss flood safety protocols. Make sure household members know how to respond, what not to do, and where to go for shelter.
- Research flood risk for your residence; find out if you live in a participating NFIP community; look into flood insurance.
- Pay attention to weather updates. A warning means conditions are right for a flood event. A watch means a flood event is imminent or already underway.
- Never drive, walk, or swim through floodwater. As the National Weather Service says, "Turn around. Don't drown."
- Do not cross bridges that may be compromised by rushing floodwater underneath.
- Follow evacuation orders if given.