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Avoid floodwaters. The water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. In a major disaster, with large numbers of power lines down, CUC would, if necessary, turn power off. There is potential, however, that the water could be electrically charged from downed power lines in some situations.

Avoid moving water. Moving or raging waters, only six inches deep, can sweep you off your feet.

Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.

Stay away from designated disaster areas, unless authorities ask for volunteers.

Stay out of buildings if surrounded by floodwaters. Use extreme caution when entering a building. There may be hidden damage, particularly to the foundation.

Consider your family's health and safety needs:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and clean water if you come in contact with floodwaters.
  • Throw away food hat has come in contact with floodwaters.
  • Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.
  • Listen to news reports for information about where to get assistance for housing, clothing and food.
  • Seek necessary medical care at the nearest medical facility.