Flood Safety Tips
21 Jun 2017
As the Hurricane Season approaches here are some important things to remember.
You need to:
- Understand the flood risk to your area.
- Prepare your home and property.
- Respond when water comes.
- Recover after a flood.
You can prepare for flooding in a number of ways:
- Check with your local council about local flood plans or records which detail problem areas.
- Ask authorities about relocation routes and centers.
- If your area is flood prone consider alternatives to carpets.
- Prepare an emergency kit.
- Prepare a household flood plan.
- Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on display.
- Check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for flood damage?
If flooding is due make your safety a priority and if you have time try to prepare your property:
- Secure hazardous items.
- Roll up rugs, move furniture, electrical items and valuables to a higher level.
- Place important personal documents, valuables and vital medical supplies into a waterproof case in an accessible location.
- If you are relocating, take your pets with you if it is safe to do so. If not provide adequate food and water and move them to a safer place.
- Monitor Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecasts and warnings online and listen to your local ABC Radio.
Relocating to safer ground:
- Monitor your local radio for warnings and advice.
- Pack warm clothing, essential medication, valuables and personal papers in waterproof bags along with your emergency kit.
- Raise furniture, clothing and valuables onto beds, tables and into roof space place electrical items in the highest place
- Empty freezers and refrigerators, leaving doors open to avoid damage or loss if they float.
- Turn off power, water and gas and take your mobile phone.
- Whether you leave or stay, put sand bags in the toilet bowl and over all laundry/bathroom drain holes to prevent sewage back flow.
- Lock your home and take recommended relocation routes for your area.
- Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.
Too late to leave:
- Monitor your local radio for warnings and advice
- Get to higher ground.
- Switch off electricity and gas supplies to your home.
- Prepare to move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemical and poisons to higher locations.
- Prepare for the well being of pets.
- Raise furniture above likely flood levels.
- Check your emergency kit.
- Do not allow children to play in or near floodwaters.
- Avoid entering floodwaters,. if you must do so, wear solid shoes and check depth and current with a stick.
- Stay away from drains, culverts and water over knee deep.
- Do not use gas or electrical appliances that have been in floodwater until checked for safety.
- Do not eat food that has been in floodwaters.
- Boil tap water until supplies have been declared safe.