OR 3.0 hours Floods and other Natural Hazards Course Syllabus
3.0 Elective Hours
How can you stay safe during a flood?
Learn about the community’s emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes and locations of emergency shelters. Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with family. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be the family contact in case of separation during a flood. Make sure everyone in the family has their contact information, and post emergency phone numbers on every cell phone.
Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before the flood strikes. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines or before evacuating. Turn off gas and water supplies before evacuating. Secure structurally unstable building materials.
Gather an emergency supply kit and stay tuned to local radio or TV stations for updates. Fill vehicle’s gas tank and make sure the emergency kit for the car is ready. If no vehicle is available, plan with friends or family for transportation.
Never ignore an evacuation order. Authorities will direct residents to leave if in a low-lying area, or within the greatest potential path of the rising waters.
Flash flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States causing approximately 200 deaths per year. This course covers some of the tips you can do to stay safe during a flood emergency.