Hurricane Isaac Flood Safety Tips

When Hurricane Isaac made landfall on the Gulf Coast this week, it brought heavy rain and flooding, leaving many neighborhoods underwater. As the floodwaters recede and evacuees prepare to return home, it’s important to be aware of some tips for staying safe in the flood’s aftermath.

Avoid Driving Through Flooded Areas

As little as six inches of moving water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

Be Aware of Sanitation Hazards

Floodwaters may contain overflow from sewage systems and runoff from industrial waste products. Use caution when handling items exposed to floodwaters.

Have Supplies Ready

FEMA recommends keeping a supply of nonperishable food that will last for three to 14 days. Also have a gallon of water per person per day available.

Read more FEMA flood safety tips here.

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