Flood Safety Tips
A few tips and actions you can take to improve your safety during a flood include the following.
Do Not Walk Through Flowing Water
Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there.
Do Not Drive Through a Flooded Area
More people drown in their own cars than anywhere else. Don't drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
Stay Away from Power Lines & Electrical Wires
The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to the Power Company or City emergency management office.
Have Your Electricity Turned off by the Power Company
Some appliances, such as television sets, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Don't use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned and dried.
Look out for Animals, Especially Snakes
Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to pole and turn things over and scare away small animals.
Look Before You Step
After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that have been covered in mud can be very slippery.
Be Alert for Gas Leaks
Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don't smoke or use candles, lanterns or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.
Listen to a weather radio or tune into your local television and radio station's emergency broadcast systems to learn about potential severe weather hazards.
Flood Warning System
Weather forecasts and warnings for the Odessa area are available at the National Weather Service Midland/Odessa page.
You can obtain additional information about evacuation, shelters and emergency procedures by calling 911, the Fire Department at 432-257-0502 or the Police Department at 432-333-3641.