Flash flooding is the number one storm related killer in the United States and Texas. Why? Most people fail to realize the power of water, and they think they can make it through the flooding.
Of these drownings, many are preventable simply by not driving or walking onto flooded roads. Most vehicles lose control in six inches of water and can be swept away in 2-3 feet of water. Remember, when approaching a flooded roadway, turn around don't drown.
The national 30-year average for flood deaths is 127. National Weather Service data also shows: nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related, the majority of victims are males, and flood deaths affect all age groups.
Follow these safety rules:
--Turn around don't drown.
--Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers. If you are unsure that the road is clear, turn around. Don't drown.
--Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
--If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get away from areas subject to flooding. These include dips, low spots, canyons, ditches, and creeks.
--Avoid areas already flooded. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
--Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. Never drive through flooded roadways.
--Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
This list of resources and checklists can help you prepare for disaster as well as learn about national flood insurance.
--Floodsmart.gov: Why And How To Purchase National Flood Insurance
--FEMA Insurance Agent Database: Help Getting Flood Insurance
--InsureNet: Safety Insurance
Flood Watch And Flood Safety Sites
--Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
--National Weather Service Flood Safety Information
--Information On Inland Flooding from the National Weather Service
State Offices of Emergency Management and Safety
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Comprehensive Flood Fact Sheet