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Lebanon Fire Department

Posted on: July 10, 2023

Be Flood-Ready: Stay Informed, Stay Prepared, and Stay Safe

During a Flood

As our area continues to get more and more rain, it is essential to stay informed and prepared for potential flooding. Recent events have shown that unforeseen floods can wreak havoc on homes and communities. Take proactive measures now to safeguard your property and ensure the safety of your loved ones. Living in one of the nearly 21,500 participating communities, including 214 communities right here in New Hampshire, provides an opportunity to understand the risks associated with flooding and make informed decisions to protect your home. Even if you live miles away from water, the truth is that flooding can still occur, and more than 1 in 5 National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood claims happen outside of mapped high-risk areas. Just a few inches of floodwater can cause significant damage to your property, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in losses. Protect yourself and your assets by obtaining flood insurance, as it is available to almost everyone in an NFIP-participating community.

Moreover, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service launched the "Turn Around Don't Drown" (TADD) campaign to educate people about the hazards of driving or walking through floodwaters. It's crucial to understand that just 6 inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult, while 18 inches can carry away most vehicles, including large SUVs. The depth of water and the condition of the road beneath it are impossible to determine, particularly at night when visibility is limited. Remember, it is never safe to drive or walk through floodwaters. When encountering a flooded road, walkway, or path, always abide by the simple rule: Turn Around Don't Drown.

Additionally, to help save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods, the American Red Cross developed the Emergency App which provides essential emergency preparedness information directly to your fingertips. The Emergency App is the latest addition to a series of Red Cross apps that equip individuals with lifesaving knowledge whenever and wherever they need it.

Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay safe!

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