Take time know to prepare for floods – GET A KIT, MAKE A PLAN, BE INFORMED, GET INVOLVED!

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Know what to do…

Before a Flood

  • Check with your local floodplain administrator to determine if you live in a flood-prone area. Lists of floodplain administrators are maintained by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at: www.dnr.state.oh.us/Portals/7/floodpln/communitylist.pdf
  • Consider purchasing flood insurance. Flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in any Ohio community that participates in the program.
  • Ensure that your home emergency plan includes an evacuation route, in case you must leave your home in a hurry. Practice your plan.
  • Learn more about flood safety, your flood risks, and flood insurance at: http://www.floodsmart.com.

During a Flood

  • If indoors, listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local news station for the latest emergency information. If your area is advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • If outdoors, climb to higher ground and stay there. Avoid walking or driving through any floodwater.
  • Turn Around. Don’t Drown. Never drive through a flooded roadway. More than 70% of flood deaths occur when people purposely enter flood water. Do not attempt to cross flood water on foot or allow children to play in/near floodwaters.

During a Flood

  • Listen to local alerts and warning systems for emergency information.
  • Emergency workers are responding. Return home when authorities indicate it is safe.

Know the Terms

Flood: A condition that occurs when water overflows the natural or artificial confines of a stream or body of water, or accumulates by drainage or low-lying areas.

General River Flooding: A condition that follows heavy rain, snow melt or a combination. River flooding typically occurs slowly, allowing more time to take protective measures. Extreme flash flooding or a break up of an ice jam can produce more rapid river rises.

Urban and Small Stream Floods: Flooding occurs when heavy rain falls, resulting in flooding streets, underpasses or drainage ditches in urban areas, and creeks in rural areas. This flooding is dangerous if motorists drive through a flooded roadway or if children play near a storm drain or drainage ditch.

Flash Floods: Rapid and life-threatening floods resulting from heavy rains that occur in a short period of time.

Flood Watch: A flood watch is issued for the potential of rapid flooding. A flood watch may also be issues when the onset of flooding is much slower, usually greater than six hours.

Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood warning signifies a short duration of intense or rapid flooding of counties, communities, streams, or urban areas.

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About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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