Steps to take to prepare for dangers from flooding

Posted April 06, 2009, at 10:12 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:23 p.m.

The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross reminds people to be prepared for any potential flooding, particularly in the counties of Penobscot, Piscataquis and Aroostook, by keeping informed of conditions and having a disaster plan in place.

“We want our communities to be prepared, and to know what to expect,” Gretchen O’Grady, director of emergency services for the Pine Tree Chapter, said in a press release. “Families and individuals should keep informed about potential flooding, and have conversations with their families about what their family disaster plan is.”

The Pine Tree Chapter also urges people to be aware of what the different flood watches and warnings mean, and what to do if one is issued in their community.

When a flood watch is issued, the chapter advises people to move furniture and valuables to higher floors and fill the gas tank of your vehicle, in case an evacuation notice is issued.

When a flood warning is issued, listen to local radio and TV stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible. When evacuating, move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades. If your vehicle stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.

The Pine Tree Chapter also urges families to have a family disaster supply kit and family disaster plan in case of flooding or other disaster and emergencies.

For more information on flooding preparations, and disaster services contact Gretchen O’Grady, Pine Tree Chapter, 122 Target Industrial Circle, Bangor 04401, telephone 941-2903, e-mail ogradyg@pinetree.redcross.org.

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