Flood Safety

Did you know that floods are the most common natural disaster? Here are a few safety tips to consider, if ever you are faced with flooding.

Do Not Walk Through Flowing Water, Nor Drive Through a Flooded Area

Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that ground is still there.

Do Not Drive Through a Flooded Area

More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Do not drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.

Stay Away From Power Lines and Electrical Wires

Electrocution is the number two flood killer after drowning casualties. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to Florida Power & Light (FPL) or call the North Miami Beach Police Department at 305-949-5500.

Have Your Electricity Turned Off by FPL

Some appliances, such as television sets, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Avoid using appliances or motors, which have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned and dried.

Be Ready for Unexpected

Place important documents inside plastic bags or other waterproof containers. Review your insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage. Know what type of coverage you have. Most policies cover windstorm damage, but not flooding. Any policy change usually takes 30 days before going into effect.

Look Out for Animals, Especially Snakes

Small animals that have been flooded out their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn things over and scare away the small animals.

Look Before You Step

After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris, including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.

Be Alert for Gas Leaks

If you use natural gas, use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns or open flames useless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.