- Prepare your family (FEMA “Know Your Risks" brochure).
- Do not walk through flood waters.
- Do not drive through a flooded area.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.
Carolina Beach, N.C., Looking south on Canal Drive towards the Carolina Beach Boardwalk on October 4th, 2015 Flooding from intense rainfall and Hurricane Joaquin. Photo by Island Gazette - Location: Carolina Beach, NC
Turn around, don't drown!
Most flood fatalities happen because people try to drive through deadly waters rather than avoid them. (Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2005)
- Pay attention to barricades. Don't ignore them by driving past them.
- Do not drive through standing water on roads or in parking lots.
- The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse.
- Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine.
- If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.