STAY UP-TO-DATE – First responders will evaluate if evacuations are necessary in the event of a flood. OES sends public information and instructions through emergency personnel, local radio stations, VC Alert, and government websites. Consider having a battery-operated radio on hand in case of power outage.
PROTECT PEOPLE – You are safest in your home if it is not affected by floodwater, debris or mud. Go to higher ground or a designated evacuation center right away if instructed. Remember to take emergency supplies with you, along with important documents and valuables in a waterproof container.
TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! Do not walk, swim, or drive through moving water. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet, and one or two feet of rushing water can carry away any vehicle. Plan a backup evacuation route in case the first one is blocked. For more driving tips for wet weather visit the National Weather Service’s website at: https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood-turn-around-dont-drown