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Flooding happens in Fairfax County every year. Follow these safety tips so you're prepared.

Flooding happens in Fairfax County every year. Follow these safety tips so you're prepared.

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  • 1. Flood Safety
  • 2. If a Flood is Likely
    Listen to the radio or television for information.
    Be aware that flash flooding can occur.
    If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • 3. If a Flood is Likely
    Be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly.
    Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.
  • 4. Prepare to Evacuate
    If you must prepare to evacuate:
    Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture.
    Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed.
    Disconnect electrical appliances.
    Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • 5. If You Have to Leave Home
    Don’t walk in moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall.
    If you have to walkin water, walk where the water isnot moving. Use a stick to check thefirmness of the ground in front of you.
  • 6. Don’t Drive in Flood Waters
    If floodwatersrise aroundyour car,abandon thecar and moveto higherground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.
  • 7. Don’t Drive in Flood Waters
    Six inches of water willreach the bottom ofmost passenger carscausing loss of controland possible stalling.
    A foot of water will float many vehicles.
    Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickups.
  • 8. For Additional Information
    Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management
    571-350-1000
    www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem