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Flood

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Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Flooding can occur in all counties and states. Floods are the number one natural disaster killer nationwide! The majority of these deaths are from drowning. Both Franklin and Williamson counties are prone to floods as a result of the many lakes, rivers, streams and other waterways within our borders.

 Not all floods are alike. The most dangerous of floods is a “flash flood.” Flash floods can occur quickly, with little or no public warning. More information on flash floods can be found by clicking on the link below:

 •National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS): http://www.weather.gov/om/brochures/flashfld.shtml

Flood Preparation/Planning

There are several ways in which individuals can prepare for a flood. Two important preparedness activities include creating an emergency supply kit and having a communication plan. An emergency supply kit may contain items such as water, food, clothes, medications, and important documents. A communication plan pre-identifies important family evacuation and individual contact information. For more information on compiling an emergency supply kit and completing a communication plan see the links below.

FEMA: http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

FEMA: http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

 Additional information about flood planning and preparedness from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can be accessed below:

Flood Response

If bad weather does strike, it is important to stay tuned to information from weather experts and emergency responders. If you have the misfortune of getting caught in a flood, refer to your communication plan that includes your household’s evacuation information. If you must evacuate, be aware of your surroundings, especially those areas prone to flooding. If there is a possibility of flash floods, be certain to seek higher ground. Get additional general information about flood response measures by clicking on the links below:

Additional Flood Information

In addition to the general flood information just provided, more specific information on vehicle flood safety, protecting your health, and protecting your home and property can be accessed below.

Vehicle Safety

 If you are in your vehicle, make certain to stay clear of flooded roadways. Even the largest vehicles will float and more than half of flood fatalities are vehicle related! For more information on avoiding flood hazards while driving check out the links below:

Floods can cause damage not only to your property, but can also be hazardous to your health. Proper precautions need to be taken specifically after a flood’s devastation. Make sure you practice proper hand washing and other cleaning practices; seek clean, safe sources of water; and follow food safety measures. For more details about protecting your health after a flood, click on the link below:

Protecting Your Home and Property (Flood Insurance)

It is important to take steps to protect your home after a flood. These measures can help you salvage more personal items and better protect the structure of your home. Additionally, by taking action, you will decrease the health risks that can result from flooding. You may even want to consider purchasing flood insurance before the disaster hits. Below are additional links for you to access more information on home protection:

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