BATON ROUGE, LA — The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and our area National Weather Service (NWS) offices to highlight National Flood Safety Awareness Week.
According to NWS reports, flooding causes more property damage in the United States than any other weather related event. On average, 89 people die from flooding and it causes $8.3 billion dollars in damage to property.
GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis says, “Flooding is the number one threat to the people of Louisiana. It is important to understand the danger and get a game plan before you are faced with a flood related emergency.”
FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson says, “Homeowners, renters and business owners should find out if their home or business is at risk for flooding and then take steps to address that risk. Folks can visit floodsmart.gov for more information.”
Before a Flood:
Avoid building in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce your home.
Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
- Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
During a Flood:
Listen to local officials and monitor your local radio or television for information.
Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If it does, immediately move to higher ground.
Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to suddenly flood.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. Turn Around; Don’t Drown. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.
After a Flood:
Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.
Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
You can receive emergency alerts on most smartphones and tablets by downloading the new ALERT FM App. It is free for basic service. You can also download the new Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Guide and find other important information at www.getagameplan.org . The Get a Game Plan App is also available for download to your smart phones or tablets.