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Floods

Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering flood waters can lead to injury or death.

Floods may

  1. Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges and overflows of dams, pipe combustion, and other water systems.
  2. Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
  3. Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.

If you are under a flood warning

  1. Find safe shelter right away.
  2. Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  3. Remember, just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  4. Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
  5. Depending on the type of flooding:
  • Evacuate if told to do so.
  • Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
  • Stay where you are.

Staying Safe During a Flood

  1. Evacuate immediately, if told to evacuate. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  2. Contact your healthcare provider if you are sick and need medical attention. Wait for further care instructions and shelter in place, if possible.
  3. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
  4. Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions regarding flooding.
  5. Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  6. Stay off bridges with fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
  7. Stay inside your car if it is trapped in rapidly moving water. Get on the roof if water is rising inside the car.
  8. Get to the highest level if trapped in a building. Only get on the roof if necessary and once there, signal for help. Do not climb into a closed attic to avoid getting trapped by rising floodwater.

Staying Safe After a Flood

  1. Pay attention to authorities for information and instructions. Return to your dorm room only when authorities say it is safe.
  2. Avoid driving except in emergencies.
  3. Wear heavy work gloves, protective clothing, and boots during clean up and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris.
  4. People with asthma and other lung conditions and/or immune suppression should not enter buildings with indoor water leaks or mold growth which can be seen or smelled.
  5. Be aware of snakes and other animals which may be in your residence.
  6. Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.
  7. Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.

If you are unsure of a safety issue call:

 Campus Safety and Security immediately at 918-631-5555