Relocating to Safer Ground

If rising waters threaten your home and you decide to move to a safer location, tell a family member, Emergency Services, or your neighbors of your plans to move. When relocating please:

• Monitor your local radio station for warnings and advice
• Pack warm clothing, essential medication, valuables and personal papers in waterproof in waterproof bags along with your emergency kit
• Raise furniture, clothing, and valuables onto beds, tables, and into attic space. Place electrical items in the highest places
• Disconnect electrical appliances – don’t touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
• Empty freezers, and refrigerators, leaving doors open to avoid damage or loss if they float.
• Turn off power, water, and gas, and take a mobile phone
• Whether your leave or stay, put sand bags in the toilet bowl, and over all laundry/bathroom drain holes to prevent sewage backflow
• Lock your home and take recommended relocation routes for your area
• Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current

If you have not left by the time floodwaters have arrived on your property:

• Monitor your local radio station for warnings and advice
• Get to higher ground, if possible
• 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, and 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 floodwaters 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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