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2021 Flood Safety Preparedness Week

2021 Flood Safety Preparedness Week

March 8-12, 2021

Flooding can occur almost any month of the year, and it can affect any region of the country. Flash floods cause more deaths than snowstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, or any other weather event. The goal of Flood Safety Awareness Week is to educate citizens about the dangers of floods.

Flood Safety Awareness Week was created by the National Weather Service (NWS) to help people understand what causes flooding to occur, to demonstrate NWS’s role in issuing flood warnings as well as how they are forecast, and to educate the public on how they can protect their property and themselves from flood disasters. Each March, Flood Safety Awareness Week offers a variety of programming and local events.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the U.S. Some of the worst flood-related claims were in the states of Ohio, Missouri, North Dakota, Louisiana, Virginia, Connecticut, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey had a combined total of over one billion dollars in damages alone.

Overland flooding occurs near rivers, lakes, and coastal areas, which affects millions of Americans. Any flooding that takes place in these areas can be fast or slow moving. The flood waters can spread out across a wide distance, and can affect people who don’t even live in a flood plain. One example is when rivers spill out over their banks. Urban areas can also experience overland flooding if drainage systems become overwhelmed with too much water.

Flash flooding can occur in areas that have received large amounts of rainfall, as well as in areas located downstream from levees or dams. Each year, flash floods are responsible for the most weather-related deaths on average. Flood waters in a flash flood move very quickly and can carry debris, trees, and large boulders along the current. Arroyos, gullies, and dry canyons can easily be consumed by high, fast-moving water, as they are primary targets for flash flooding. Residents are often caught off-guard when flash flooding occurs in these areas because they don’t receive much rainfall most of the year.

Floods can result from overflows of water systems such as dams and storm surges, coastal storms, snow, or rain. They can develop quickly or slowly and often come with no warning. Flooding can also create landslides, cause damage to buildings, disrupt traffic, and cause outages.

IF YOU ARE UNDER ANY TYPE OF FLOOD WARNING, TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown – never attempt to drive, swim, or walk through flooded areas.
  • You can be knocked down by as little as six inches of moving flood waters, and your vehicle can be swept away by one foot of moving water.
  • To avoid being swept away by fast-moving flood waters, stay off of bridges.

If the flooding is severe, you should evacuate the premises if you are told to do so, move to a higher floor or higher ground, and stay where you are.

Protecting Your Property from Floods

Emergency sandbags can be used by property owners and homeowners to protect their homes and businesses. Filled sandbags are effective in preventing damage to structures from flood waters. Placing a wall of filled sandbags around a foundation forces water away from it, which can reduce damage from both standing water and the initial rush of water onto the property. They are simple to use, even in areas where there aren’t enough volunteers to fill bags manually.

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