Prepare now to know what to do during a flood situation
“Flooding can strike with little warning at any time,” Emergency Management Coordinator Dan Nelson said. “With spring weather starting early this year, the chances of flood events are heightened. It is essential that all community members understand how to prepare for flooding and have an emergency plan in place.”
The City offers the following tips to keep individuals safe before and during a flood situation:
- Always pay attention to flood watches and warnings.
- Have an emergency kit prepared and easily accessible. If you currently have a kit in place, check the items and make sure they are in proper working order. Replace any items that have expired.
- Have a plan of action in place should you need to evacuate your home or business due to a flood.
- During a flood, move any items outside of your home that could be impacted by floodwaters inside the structure.
- In the event of a flood, turn off your utilities if instructed to do so by authorized officials. Do not attempt to turn off utilities if you are wet or in a location where there is standing water.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If flooding occurs, move to higher ground immediately.
- Do not walk through floodwaters. Floodwaters can move rapidly, and there is often a large amount of debris in the water.
- Do not drive through flooded streets. Six inches of water is enough to make your car stall. Two feet of water is enough to carry most vehicles away, including sport utility vehicles.
- If you are overtaken by floodwaters while in your vehicle, abandon the car and try to move to higher ground. If unable to do so, call 9-1-1.
- Do not allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, especially when threatening weather conditions exist.
- Be especially cautious in the evening and at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- Always follow the directions of public safety officials.
The City encourages all residents to develop a safety plan for use in your home, workplace, school and vehicle. The City has produced an Emergency Preparedness Guide to assist residents in creating a plan. A copy of this document is available on the City’s website at www.naperville.il.us/emergencyprepguide.aspx. Information on how to prepare for flood events is available at www.naperville.il.us/floodawarenessweek.aspx. The National Weather Service also offers important flood safety information at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.