Develop Evacuation Plan for Flooding

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5/4/2017
One of the perks of living in central New York is the abundance of water ways dotting our landscape. However, when the spring rains come, those beautiful features can become damaging and dangerous. Establishing an evacuation plan is smart planning and necessary, especially if you reside in a flood zone.

Here are some guidelines to consider if you reside in an area at risk for spring flooding:

Know Your Flood Risk
Learn whether you live, work, or travel through areas that are prone to flooding. To help communities understand the risk of flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency creates flood maps listing risky areas. Click here to determine your area’s risk factor.

Water Damage Flood Zone


Know Your Evacuation Routes
Know your community’s local flood evacuation plan and identify several escape routes for your location if roads are blocked. Also, have a plan in place for transportation and lodging when flooding occurs. If you will evacuate by car, keep your car fueled and in good condition. If you need to relocate for an extended period of time, secure lodging.

Stay Informed
When heavy rains are in the forecast, listen to your local radio and/or television stations for up-to-date information. If the danger is significant, local authorities may issue an evacuation notice to alert residents about imminent flooding. Be prepared to move to higher ground immediately.

Evacuate Before Flooding Starts
First and foremost, you want to protect yourself and your family. To avoid becoming trapped when floodwaters threaten your area, it is best to evacuate. Know and follow the directions from local officials for community evacuation or seek high ground for localized flooding.

Remember the Five Ps of Evacuation
People, Prescriptions, Personal Needs, Paper, and Priceless Items
  1. Practice how you will communicate your evacuation with family members. Determine a rendezvous point in the event household members are not all together during an evacuation.
  2. Store prescriptions and personal needs so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate. Create a checklist so you know in advance what you will need in an emergency.
  3. Keep important documents and priceless items handy for a quick evacuation, specifically items you will need to start your recovery.

Do Not Attempt to Navigate Flood Waters
If you are unable to evacuate or are trapped by flash flooding, do not enter flooded areas. Attempting to navigate moving water, either on foot or in a vehicle, can be life threatening, even areas that appear to have only inches of water.

Once you have evacuated, do not return home until officials say is it safe to do so.

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