With the threat of major storms hitting about every inch of our country, with high winds, and flooding we need to take this opportunity to do what we can to protect ourselves in case of worse scenario. Much of the DC area sits around large rivers that already is bulging at its banks. Flash flooding is a real danger and unpredictable high winds can be life threatening for DC area residents. Here are a few safety tips to help us in worse case scenarios.
Flash floods can occur within minutes. They can be the most unpredictable of disasters. The DC area is prone to this kind of flooding. The best advice here is, ‘Don’t take chances’. Water across road ways should indicate to all ‘ Extreme Danger’.
Too many lives are taken each year by people crossing flooded road ways. Water crossing the road means the water has no where else to go. Vehicles will stall and getting trapped in your vehicle is the worse case scenario. Believe me when I say, this is the worse kind of rescue for local Emergency Services. These types of situations rarely end well and puts all involved in danger.
Keep an ‘Emergency Kit’ in home and car. An Emergency Kit should include fresh drinking water. Estimate a gallon of water per person. Flash light with a pack of fresh batteries not in the flash light. A box of emergency candles. Several boxes of water proof matches or couple of workable lighters. One warm blanket per person and food. Easy to open can foods and breakfast bars are the best for your emergency kit. Keep enough for two days and store all in water proof containers. It’s very easy in the DC area to get isolated by rising water quickly. Your Emergency Kit will be your life saver for that worse case scenario.
Tornadoes with high winds are being felt every where and the worse case scenario can happen without warning. We are being hit with unprecedented storm activity. With the unpredictability of our weather we must depend on ourselves for our own safety. Keep a watchful eye on the sky above and especially mindful after dark. Tornado like winds doesn’t have to touch down to cause damage. Gusty winds can be just as deadly. If you see swirling dark ominous clouds above, don’t wait, take shelter immediately. Go with your gut feelings at night. The basement, a closet or a corner will provide better shelter then out in the open. Then stay put until the danger has passed.
Life is precious. ‘Don’t take chances.’ Stay away from flooded road ways, have a Emergency Safety Kit handy and keep a watchful eye on the the sky above and the weather around. Your best defense in a worse case scenario is your preparedness.