March 16 through 20 is 2015 National Flood Safety Awareness Week. Flash flooding is the number one weather-related cause of death, resulting in more than 70 deaths per year in the United States. Being aware of the risks associated with flooding can help you protect yourself and your loved ones from potential damage and financial losses caused by flooding.
- Turn Around – Don't Drown! Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet; cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water. Never cross a flooded stream.
- If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
- Flood proof your home. Consider structural modifications to minimize the damage flooding can cause.
- Safeguard in-home electrical systems by raising switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring at least a foot above the expected flood level.
- Be extra cautious when traveling at night. Stay far away from downed power lines and electrical wires.
- Homeowners or renter's insurance is your protection against a devastating loss involving your property and personal belongings. Flood insurance is available through the federally-subsidized National Flood Insurance Program, and can be purchased through your insurance agent.
For more information, call the National Helpline toll free, at 1-888-379-9531 or visit www.FloodSmart.gov.