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Get ready! It’s a good idea to be ready for the worst if you live in a region that is prone to floods or even if you aren’t. For official flooding updates, pay close attention to the radio, television, or your cellphone. Understand the distinction between a flood “watch” and “warning”: If your neighborhood is under a flood watch, flooding could occur. If there is a flood warning, flooding is currently happening or will happen soon, and you should be ready to leave right once. One gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, a battery- or hand-crank radio, a portable or solar phone charger, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene supplies, and copies of important personal documents should all be kept in an emergency survival kit that is always available. Avoid having debris-filled drainage systems (such as ditches), as this could result in flooding and property damage. Recognize the possibility of flash flooding. Go right away to higher ground if a flash flood is possible. Do not wait for commands before moving. Due to the sheer force and volume of streaming water that can collect, flash flooding is by far the most deadly type of flooding. Watch out for streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other sites that are prone to unexpected flooding. Even without the traditional warning indicators, such as rain clouds or heavy rain, flash floods can happen in certain places. Evacuate if a flood warning is issued for your region. Go to a higher location and remain there until instructed to leave the area. Secure your home if you have time before the evacuation. Bring outdoor furnishings inside. Place your most important possessions on the highest point of your home’s upper floor.

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