The Cincinnati chapter of the Red Cross is offering information to cope with flooding.
According to Linda Fink, directo of Emergency Services and Labor Partnerships, flooding is one of the costliest and most frequent natural disasters.
The Red Cross urges citizens to:
Talk to their insurance agents. Homeowner's policies do not cover flooding. Ask about the National Flood Insurance Program.
Use a NOAA Weather Radio with a tone-alert feature, or a portable, battery-powered radio (or television) for updated emergency information.
Develop an evacuation plan. Everyone in your family should know where to go if they have to leave. Trying to make plans at the last minute can be upsetting and create confusion.
Build or buy a disaster supplies kit. For a list of what to include in your kit, call 513-579-3010 or visit www.cincinnatiredcross.org.
If you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around and go another way. Climb to higher ground. If it is moving swiftly, even water six inches deep can knock you off your feet. Many people are swept away wading through flood waters, resulting in injury or death.
Stay away from flooded areas. Even if it seems safe, flood waters may still be rising.
Never try to walk, swim, drive or play in flood water. You may not beable to see on the suface how fast flood water is moving or see holes and submerged debris.
If you are in a vehicle and become surrounded by water, if you can get out safely, do so immediately and get to higher ground. Vehicles can be swept away in two feet of water.
Stay away from creek and stream banks in flooded and recently flooded areas. The soaked banks often become unstable due to heavy rainfal and can suddenly give way, tossing you rapidly moving water.
Nevery play around high water, storm drains, ditches, ravines or culverts. It very easy to be swept away by fast moving water.
Throw away all fod that has come in contact with flood waters. Contaminated flood water contains bacteria and germs. Eating foods exposed to flood waters can make you sick.