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DANGER DOESN'T END AFTER A FLOOD
OCTOBER 2---In addition to high winds, Hurricane Georges
brought much rain to Alabama and surrounding states this week.
People in many Alabama counties, were forced to leave their homes
due to flooding.
Remember danger doesn't end with the storm. Nearly 150
people lost their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew
because they didn't follow simple safety rules.
The American Red Cross lists these tips to help avoid injury
Always wait until authorities tell you it's safe to
return to your home. Then exercise extreme caution when you enter
Avoid any flood situation. If you encounter flood
waters, don't try to cross them. Most flood deaths happen to
people in vehicles. Two feet of fast moving water can float a
bus, and it only takes six inches to knock you off your feet.
Wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing, including
heavy gloves, when walking through or sifting through debris.
Watch for downed power lines and give them a wide berth.Also, check for structural damage before entering the house.
Watch for snakes and other animals forced into your home
by flood waters.
Don't take lanterns, torches or any kind of flame
into a damaged building. There may be leaking gas or other
flammable materials present. Use battery-operated flashlights for
light unless you smell gas. If you smell gas, don't use any kind
of light until you turn off the main gas valve at the meter.
If appliances are wet, turn off the main electrical
power switch before you unplug them. Dry out appliances, wall
switches and sockets before you plug them in again.
Check refrigerator and cabinets for food spoilage and
water supplies for contamination. Flood waters can carry
contaminants such as silt, raw sewage or chemical waste.
Bacteria in the water can contaminate any food it touches.
Discard any of the following foods if they have been
exposed to flood waters: meat, poultry, fish and eggs; fresh
produce; preserves sealed with paraffin; all foods in cardboard
boxes, paper, foil cellophane or cloth; any opened containers or
packages; flour, grain, sugar, coffee and other staples in
canisters; unopened jars with waxed cardboard seals such as
mayonnaise and salad dressing; home canned foods; and dented,
leaking, bulging or rusted cans.
If your home was spared, keep children and pets inside.
Walk pets on a lease if they have to be walked outside.