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Flood Safety

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

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Flood Safety

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

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