Floods can be very dangerous and destructive to both people and property. Flash floods can happen with little warning and residents need to evacuate quickly before their homes are destroyed. Flood evacuation needs to be pre-planned and organised to generate the most efficient results and there are specific procedures to follow if you need to perform a flood evacuation quickly.
Have a list of essentials prepared that you need to grab in the event of an evacuation emergency. Keep the list in a readily accessible place. If you have a child with asthma, for instance, the asthma medication should be on the list to make sure it comes with you in a crisis. Decide in advance where to go in the event of an evacuation. If you have pets, contact shelters to see if you can bring them with you, as many will not allow it. Seek out a pet-friendly motel outside the flood zone to use as a space spot.
Preparing the House
Always turn off and unplug all of your appliances before you evacuate your home for flooding. You want to lower the odds of an electrical fire, as water coming into the home can cause short circuits with any electrical devices left operating. Shut off all your utilities, such as electrical breakers and water valves. Take any small valuables with you when you leave. Lock all your doors and windows to keep the house as secure as possible.
Check your local emergency broadcast system regularly prior to evacuation, and check with neighbours to see if anyone has additional information. TV news reports can provide the latest updates prior to you leaving the house. Only take one car when you evacuate; roads and car parks are likely to be very crowded. Taking one car allows your family to listen to the car radio to stay up-to-date on the status of the flood.