|Plan to Stay Safe and Flood Information|
BY FEMA | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD 2016 | http://cbs2iowa.com/news/local/fema-urging-iowans-to-prepare
Flooding is not unfamiliar to many Iowans, but it helps to
refresh on the immediate steps to stay safe.
Be Informed/Know the
Keep track of severe weather and flood forecasts, and take
them seriously. To do that:
• Monitor newspaper, radio and TV reports of current and
predicted weather conditions;
• Keep a NOAA Weather radio turned on and charged up to get
alerts around the clock;
• Set mobile devices to alert with the latest weather
information. Make it easy by downloading and using a free FEMA app, which
provides real-time weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to
five locations anywhere in Iowa or the nation. The app also provides valuable
safety tips to help families prepare for, and recover from, more than 20
natural and man-made hazards, including how to make a family communication
plans, a customizable checklist of emergency supplies and maps of open shelters
and disaster recovery centers. The app is available on the Apple App Store and
on Google Play.
Plan for the Worst:
Severe weather can strike suddenly so have a plan to stay
safe and take life-saving action if needed. The plan should include:
• Actions to take if it’s necessary to shelter-in-place;
• Where each person/pet will go to get out of danger;
• How each person/pet will get to a place of safety;
• How family and friends will communicate with one another
if evacuation to or from different locations becomes necessary.
For more information
on creating an emergency plan, visit www.Ready.gov or www.beready.iowa.gov.
Gather essential items in one place if evacuation is needed.
Those should include:
• Wallets, purses, car/house keys, eyeglasses, cash, credit
• Medicine and basic first-aid supplies;
• Daily living supplies for infants/young children, family
members who are elderly or have access and functional needs, and pets;
• Important information such as numbers for bank accounts,
insurance policies (health, auto and property) and credit cards;
• Important phone numbers of relatives, employers, schools
and medical professionals such as pharmacies, physicians and veterinarians;
• Chargers for mobile devices;
• One or more changes of clothes. Include long pants, socks,
boots and/or sturdy shoes;
• Bottled water and high-protein, non-perishable food such
as a peanut butter, tuna and nuts.
• Talk through the emergency plan with all family members so
that everyone knows what to do.
If there is time, consider making a more complete emergency
supply kit for homes and cars. To learn how, visit www.Ready.gov or
Know What to Do:
• Understand severe weather terms and know what to do for
o Watch means a specific type of threat (flooding, tornadoes) could
o Warning means take action. Life/property threatening conditions are
occurring or imminent.
• Heed emergency instructions. If told to evacuate, go
• Move immediately to higher ground if flash flooding is
possible. Don’t wait to be told. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOOD WATER, even if you
know the road. Turn around, don’t drown!
• Abandon mobile homes. They offer little to no protection,
even if tied down.
• Don’t touch downed power lines or objects in contact with
downed lines. Report electrical hazards, downed lines and gas leaks to the
police and utility companies.
• Don’t re-enter damaged structures without first checking
to see if they are safe.
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