Flood Safety Measures

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Heavy rain is always a possibility in South Florida, which may sometimes result in flooding. Organizations like the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) do their part to prepare throughout the year with vigorous programs to ensure the regional flood control system operates at its full potential, along with inspections and monitoring of equipment like fuel supplies.

It is also important for you to be knowledgeable of what you can do to keep your home and business safe.

Below are some friendly flood tips:

Before a Flood:
  • Monitor your surroundings and report any clogged or damaged storm drains to the appropriate authority. HOAs are responsible for the drainage maintenance on private roads and gated communities or something to that effect.
  • Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, local television, radio stations, and/or internet weather station such as www.weather.gov.
  • Know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning. A watch means flooding is possible. A warning means flooding is occurring or will occur soon.
  • Be prepared: develop a family disaster plan.
When a Flood is Imminent:
  • Be prepared to evacuate: identify places to go, identify alternative travel routes not prone to flooding, and plan what to do with your pets.
  • Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don't forget to include needed medications.
  • If advised to evacuate your home, do so quickly.
  • If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
  • Protect your property by moving valuables and furniture to higher levels, and by bringing outside possessions indoor. All electrical components and utilities installed should be above potential flood height.
  • Remember to turn off utilities at the main switches and/or disconnect electrical appliances.
During a Flood
  • Avoid disaster areas!
  • Do not walk through moving water. Water 6 inches deep can knock you off your feet.
  • If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. If possible use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. Follow recommended routes. DO NOT sightsee.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • NEVER allow children to play around high water, storm drains, and canals.
After a Flood
  • Do not return to flooded areas until authorities indicate it is sage to do so.
  • Do not visit disaster areas following a flood. Your presence could hamper urgent emergency and rescue operations.
  • Travel with care. Watch for damaged roads, downed trees or power lines. Stay away from downed power lines and report to the power company.
  • Report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
  • Do not enter a building if it is still flooded or surrounded by floodwater.
  • Do not enter a building that has flooded until local building officials have inspected it for safety.
  • Check the property for structural damage. Examine walls, floors, doors, windows, and ceilings for risk of collapsing.
  • Check for fire hazards.
  • Check for gas leaks. Let building air out to remove foul odors or escaping gas.
  • Have an electrician check the electrical system and appliances.
  • Listen for news reports to learn whether water supply is safe to drink.
  • Service damaged septic tanks as soon as possible. Damaged sewer systems can cause serious health hazards.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Residue from floodwater can contain contaminants, sewage and chemicals.
  • Take pictures of the damage. DOCUMENT both the building and its contents for insurance claims.
  • Please remember to always follow local building codes and regulations when making repairs.