Due to a system that is forecast to bring several inches of rain over the next couple of days, the Gadsden/Etowah County EMA wanted to take a moment to remind you of some common sense tips to be prepared:
- If you live in a flood-prone area, keep these materials on hand: sandbags, plywood, lumber, plastic sheeting, trash bags, shovels, work boots, and gloves.
- Purchase a weather radio. These battery-operated radios are available at local stores.
- Put together a disaster survival kit and include your pets in the planning. Keep the following supplies: flashlight with extra batteries, weather radio, first aid kit, medicines, eyeglasses, drinking water, non-perishable foods, change of clothes, cash, and credit cards. Store pet food in an airtight container and have potable water for them also. Make sure your pets have adequate shelter from the elements and don’t forget to take them if evacuation is required.
- Plan two evacuation routes in advance. Don’t wait until threatening weather conditions occur before trying to determine your route to safety. Do not park your vehicle near streams or rivers.
- Most flooding deaths occur in vehicles. The reason that so many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only twelve inches of rushing water to carry away most vehicles.
- Monitor social media and dependable weather sources for updates. You can sign up for Alert Etowah, the county’s mass notification system, by going to www.gecema.com/alertetowah
For more information, contact the EMA at 256-549-4575