Play it Safe During a Flood
Should I evacuate?
Evacuation is always the best idea if your home could get flooded. If you evacuate, keep these safety precautions in mind:
- Set up arrangements for communicating with family and friends when you evacuate.
- Turn off the electricity and gas to your house before you leave.
- “Turn Around Don’t Drown.” Don’t walk or drive where you can’t see the ground. Don’t walk or drive through a flooded street. More people die in their cars than anywhere else during a flood.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to the Lewis County Public Utility District (PUD) at 800/562-5612 or 911.
What should I take with me?
The Red Cross has a short and handy guide on preparing for a flood. There’s good safety information here, too.
Where should I go?
Do you have friends or relatives who have room to house your family? If so, make arrangements in advance so you know a place will be available when you need it. Make sure they aren’t in the floodplain.
Public shelters may be set up if a large number of people are displaced. Their locations will be publicized through the media and on the Lewis County website.
What can I expect when I return?
The Red Cross booklet, Repairing Your Flooded Home, has good information on returning to and repairing a flooded house.
How else can I prepare?
Lewis County Emergency Management has lots of information on preparing your family for emergencies. Check out the website.