Flooding: How you can prepare

Flooding: How you can prepare
Rain Potentials Map
Rain Potentials Map

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - As the threat of historic rainfall continues throughout the Midlands, and all of South Carolina, here are some important steps you should take --NOW-- to keep your family safe.

Find out the flood risk your neighborhood faces, by visiting the government's Flood Mapping Service map: http://msc.fema.gov/portal

Make Family Emergency Plan:

  • Why? Because if flooding rains come up suddenly, the family might not be together at that time.
  • Make sure everyone has the WMBF First Alert Weather App installed to receive alerts
  • Make sure everyone's phones have all pertinent family contact information, include extended family's phone numbers and email addresses.
  • Create paper copies for each family member of everyone's names, ages, email addresses, phone numbers, medical facilities, schools,  doctors, etc.
  • Decide upon a safe place where everyone can go to if the family should become separated.
  • Make sure to bring along your pets and their food.

Build An Emergency Supply Kit (critical items in red)

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food per person.
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if your health condition is susceptible to cold weather.
  • Complete change of clothing for each person, including long sleeved shirts, long pants, and sturdy shoes.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water.
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

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