County Executive Steve Schuh today urged residents to observe storm safety tips as flooding is possible in the next several days.
“Flooding makes for dangerous road conditions and can cause serious property damage, so we ask that citizens exercise caution,” Schuh said. “Standing water can be very dangerous, so turn around instead of driving into standing water. As little as six inches of water can make you lose control of your vehicle.”
Residents should keep the following safety tips in mind:
- Assemble a disaster supply kit to include at a minimum the following items: 1 gallon of water per person to last at least three days, non-perishable food supply for at least three days, battery or crank powered weather radio and extra batteries, flashlight, first aid kit, and required prescription medication. Disaster supplies should also include special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members and pets
- “Turn around, don’t drown.” It only takes 18 inches of water to lift your car or SUV.
- Once your vehicle becomes buoyant; the water will easily push it sideways. Most vehicles will then tend to roll over, trapping those inside and washing them downstream
- Secure your home. Bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor
- Listen to the radio or television for information
- Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
For all emergencies, information will be released on local TV stations (WBAL TV (NBC), WMAR TV (ABC), WJZ TV (CBS), WBFF TV (FOX), radio stations (WRNR 103.1 FM, WNAV 1430 AM, WYRE 810 AM, WYPR 88.1 FM, El Zol 99.1 FM, WFSI 107.9 FM, WBAL 1090 AM), and Anne Arundel County’s Community TV station Channel 98.