Take measures to stay safe both before, during and after a flood.
As the midwestern U.S takes a hit with devastating floods, people are scrambling to safety. Rivers are rising and flood waters continue to seep into homes at a rapid rate. It will likely take months for residents to recover what has been lost.
Stay safe. Here are some flood tips to abide by, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
1) Stay Out of Flooded Areas With Your Car
The CDC reports that each year, more people die in floods than in any other hazard related to thunderstorms. The top killers include being trapped in a car in rising flood waters, and losing control while driving through excess water.
How much is too much? Even 6 inches of water can make you lose control.
2) Have Your Immunization Records Handy in a Waterproof Container
Tetanus can cause a potentially deadly infection. The bacteria is present in soil, and can easily spread in a flood. Knowing when you had your last tetanus shot can save your life, should you fall ill in a flood. You need a new tetanus shot about every 10 years as an adult.
3) Have Enough Drinking Water
Experts recommend that you have at least 1 gallon of water for each person and pet, per day. Keep at least a 3-day supply on hand.
4) Only Go Back Once It’s Safe
After a flood hits, if you’ve evacuated, follow local updates on media. Only return back home once authorities deem it safe to do so. Going before this is putting yourself in danger.
5) Beware of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
The CDC states, “Use generators at least 20 feet from any doors, windows, or vents. If you use a pressure washer, be sure to keep the engine outdoors and 20 feet from windows, doors, or vents as well.”