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Disaster Preparedness

How to Keep Your Team Safe During a Flood

If a flood watch or warning is issued near you, take these precautions to keep yourself and your employees safe. 

Listen to local broadcasts.

  • Stay up-to-date on the latest weather forecasts from local news sources, including the timeline and severity of the flood. 
  • Know the difference between a watch and a warning. 
    • A flood or flash flood watch means that a flood or flash flood is possible.
    • A flood or flash flood warning means the flooding is already occurring, or it’s coming soon. 
  • Have emergency supplies on-hand, including enough food and water for everyone in your group. 
  • Make sure your employees are aware of the flood, as well as the precautions they can take to keep themselves safe. 

Be prepared to move. 

  • As soon as you hear that flash flooding is possible, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recommends you get prepared to move to higher ground.
  • Fill your gas tank and make sure you have an emergency kit for your car. Learn more about what to put inside.
  • If you do need to evacuate your business or home because of the flood, the Red Cross recommends turning off utilities at the main power switch and closing the main gas valve.

Stay away from low areas vulnerable to flooding.

  • If local authorities order evacuations, stay out of low spots, like canyons and washes. 
  • Don’t touch flood water if you can avoid it. It can be contaminated with everything from sewage to dangerous insects or animals. 
  • If you see a flooded area or standing water, do not drive through it.

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