As we watch the incredible impact of the latest hurricane, Issac, we are reminded of how much damage happens with so much water coming on to land. The storm will end, but the resulting floods are lasting. The FEMA blog posts lots of helpful information related to recent disasters. Their coverage on Issac includes Safety Tips on How to Handle Floods.
Here are helpful “Flood Safety Terms” you may like to know:
- Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
- Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if local officials give notice to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Flash Flood Watch: Rapid rises on streams and rivers are possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
- Flash Flood Warning: Rapid rises on streams and rivers are occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
For more helpful safety tips, see our Flood Preparedness page.