Red Cross Urges Residents to Prepare for Potential Flooding
Flood watch issued for much of WNY this weekend
Temperatures across the region are expected to rise over the weekend, causing snow melt and the potential for ice jams. A flood
watch has been issued for much of Western New York from Sunday night through Wednesday night. The American Red Cross urges area residents to take steps now to prepare for potential flooding.
BEFORE A FLOOD
• Prepare an emergency preparedness kit. Replenish any items missing or expired,
especially medicines or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.
• Create a household plan and practice it.
• Be prepared to evacuate quickly if directed and know your routes and destinations.
• Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio, or TV stations for the latest information and
DURING A FLOOD
• Avoid already flooded areas and areas that are subject to sudden flooding such as dips,
low spots, canyons, washes etc. Stay away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm
• The National Weather Service reports that nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle
related. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams or water covered roads.
• If caught in a flash flood, try to get to higher ground and stay there. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
• Turn around and find another route if you come upon floodwater, rapidly rising water or barricades. Barricades are put up by local officials to protect people from unsafe roads. Driving around them will put you and your vehicles occupants at serious risk.
• Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water. It may be contaminated with sewage.
• Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.
• Boil tap water until supplies have been declared safe.
• Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage.
• Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
• Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded until after they have been checked for safety.
• Dispose of any food that has come into contact with flood water.
DOWNLOAD APPS People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for additional safety tips and instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters;
supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international
humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its
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