If you are affected by flooding or other disasters, call the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 for help.
While Florence is making up her mind about what kind of weather to bring to Ohio, there are strategies we can all keep in mind to keep ourselves safe when floods or other severe weather threatens.
- Track the weather using an NOAA weather radio or other battery-operated radio.
- Download the Red Cross emergency app to track weather in your zip code.
- Keep emergency supplies on hand. *
- Be prepared to evacuate immediately. Don’t take a chance on being able to “ride it out.”
- Most homeowners’ insurance doesn’t cover flooding. If you live in a flood-prone area, make sure you are covered for damage caused by flooding.
If you are in an area that is experiencing flooding, these tips can help you stay safe:
- You can’t tell how deep water is just by looking at it, so don’t drive through standing water. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Less than 2 feet of moving water can sweep most cars away.
- Don’t walk through water that’s higher than your ankles. Less than 6 inches of water can carry you off.
- Don’t allow children near water. Their curiosity can lead them quickly into dangerous situations.
- Keep in mind that floodwaters contain a variety of bacteria, and perhaps other hazardous materials. Anything they touch should be considered contaminated.
Do not return to flooded areas until officials have declared the area safe.
If Florence dumps disaster on Ohio, the Red Cross will be there through the disaster to recovery. And we will recover.
*Your emergency supplies should include:
Water—at least a 3-day supply; one
gallon per person per day
Food—at least a 3-day supply of nonperishable,
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
(NOAAWeather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and medical
items (hearing aids with extra batteries,
glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents
(medication list and pertinent medical
information, deed/lease to home, birth
certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact
Map(s) of the area
Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby
Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food,
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Extra set of car keys and house keys
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Insect repellent and sunscreen
Camera for photos of damage