How to Keep Your Family Safe During Extreme Floods

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Flood Concerns
SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC4 Utah) – First it was bone-chilling temperatures, then snow and now Cache County residents are preparing for floods.
 
According to the American Red Cross, floods are the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Here’s what you need to know to keep your family safe:
 
Know the difference
 
A flood/flash flood watch means a flood or flash flood is possible
A flood/flash flood warning means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon and you need to take immediate precautions
 
Prepare
 
Create a household evacuation plan that includes your pets
Stay informed about your community’s risk and response plans
Educate your family on how to use the Safe and Well website
Standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding but flood insurance does
Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates
 
Staying Safe Indoors
 
Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities
Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe
Avoid contact with floodwater–it may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals
Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded
Dispose of any food that comes into contact with flood water
 
Staying Safe Outdoors
 
Don’t walk, swim or drive through floodwater–six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car
If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground
Don’t walk on riverbanks
Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water
Stay out of areas subject to flooding, such as underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water.
 
After a flood
 
Let friends and family know you’re safe
If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so
Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions
Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater
 
Call to Action
 
Download the free Emergency App from the American Red Cross. For iPhones, click here. For Androids, click here.
 
If you live in Logan, you can pick up sand bags on Monday at 450 North 1000 West during regular city hours.
 
The city of Ogden will hand out sand bags once they’ve identified problem areas.

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