Flood Safety Tips

May 16, 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.

 

 

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