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The aftermath of a flood is also a period of danger.  By following these precautions, you can protect yourself and your family.

  • STAY OUT OF THE FLOOD AREA until authorities permit you back into the area.
  • Once out of the area, people will not be permitted to return until conditions permit - your presence could hamper rescue and other operations, and you may be in danger.
  • When allowed to go back, report any signs of hazardous materials, hazardous situations, or other potential dangers.
  • DO NOT TURN THE GAS BACK ON YOURSELF.
  • DO NOT handle live electrical wires. Rely on the utility company crews.
  • DO NOT use food that has come in contact with the floodwater.
  • Make sure drinking water is not contaminated. Wells should be pumped out, chlorinated and tested before drinking.
  • Use flashlights to examine buildings, not lanterns or matches: flammables may be inside.
  • Stay tuned to the local EAS station for important information.

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Last updated: 4/25/2007 8:44:54 AM