rain part 2
Getting Ready for Rains and Floods, Part 2
by Susan McElrath
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When it come to safety, it's better to plan for
the worst and hope for the best. Just in case the original
predictions were correct, the following information tells you
what precautions to take during and after the storm.
WHEN YOU RECEIVE A STORM WARNING
- Store drinking water in closed, clean containers. Water
service may be interrupted.
- If flooding is likely and time permits, move items to
- If advised to leave the premises, cut off all electric
circuits at the fuse panel by pulling the main switch or
disconnect all electrical equipment.
- Shut off gas service at the valve next to the meter and
turn off the water service at the main valve.
DURING THE STORM
- Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.
- Do not try to cross a flowing steam where water is above
- Do not try to drive over a flooded road. You could be
stranded and trapped.
- If your vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek
higher ground. Many people drown while trying to rescue
- Do not "sight see" in areas where flooding or
snowfall is occurring. Do not try to enter areas closed
by local law enforcement agencies, the Sheriff or
California Highway Patrol.
- Avoid unnecessary trips. Advise others of your
- Use the telephone for emergency needs or to report
- Beware of downed power lines or broken gas lines. Report
them immediately to your local gas or electric utility
company police or fire department.
- Stay tuned to one of your local radio or television
station for emergency information.
AFTER THE STORM
- Do not turn the gas back on yourself. Call your local gas
company to do it for you.
- Use flashlights, not lanterns or matches to examine
- Make sure drinking water is not contaminated.
- Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. If
electrical equipment have been in
- contact with water, do not use them until local
authorities or a licensed and qualified electrician tells
you they are safe.
- Continue to beware of downed power line or broken gas
- For additional information on El Nino and Flood
Preparation visit the following sites:
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