Infographic: Be Ready! Floods

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Be Ready! Floods

  • During
    • Gather emergency supplies and follow local radio or TV updates.
    • Unplug appliances to prevent electrical shock when power comes back on.
    • Do NOT drive or walk across flooded roads. Cars and people can be swept away.
    • When power lines are down, water is in your home, or before you evacuate, TURN OFF gas, power, and water.
    • Tie down or bring outdoor items inside.
    • Recognize Flood Risk
      • Identify flood-prone or landslide-prone areas near you.
      • Know your community’s warning signals, evacuation routes, and emergency shelter locations.
      • Know flood evacuation routes near you.
  • After
    • Throw away items that cannot be disinfected, like wall coverings, cloth, rugs, and drywall.
    • Use fans, air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers for drying.
    • For cleanup, wear rubber boots and plastic gloves.
    • Clean walls, hard floors, and other surfaces with soap and water. Use a mixture of 1 cup bleach and 1 gallon water to disinfect.
    • Caution! Flood water may contain trash.
    • Practice Safe Hygiene
      • Wash hands with soap and water to help prevent germs.
      • Listen for information from your local officials on how to safely use water to drink, cook, or clean.
    • For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/index.html
Page last reviewed: November 21, 2016