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FEMA encourages quick flood preparations if they live along the Missouri

IMPORTANT FLOOD SAFETY TIPS

  • Do not drive or walk through floodwater. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths which occur after individuals drive or walk through floodwater. Turn around and find an alternate route if a road is flooded; it is almost always more dangerous than it appears.
  • Create an evacuation plan before flooding occurs.
  • Discuss flood plans with your family; everyone should know what to do in case family members are not together when a flood occurs.
  • Evacuate immediately if advised to do so.
  • Keep emergency supplies on hand, such as non-perishable food, medicine, maps, a flashlight (with batteries stored separately) and first-aid kit.
  • Store important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Use extreme caution when returning to flood damaged homes or businesses.
  • Become familiar with the terms that are used to identify flooding hazards:
    • Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
    • Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
    • Flash Flood Watch: Rapid rises on streams and rivers are possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
    • Flash Flood Warning: Rapid rises on streams and rivers are occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

 

 

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