“You can replace your home, your supplies and things like that. We cannot replace a life,” Jill Palmer, the Executive Director of Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter of the American Red Cross, said. Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolina coast and caused a lot of damage and flooding.
At least 32 people have been killed including a one-year-old boy that was swept away by strong floodwaters. Flooding is one of the most common weather hazards in America. “Most of these deaths after weather-related events are due to the water,” Palmer said.
In fact, it was the deadliest form of weather in 2017, killing more than 100 people. So far, we’ve dodged the big storms and hurricanes this year, bur you know it’s coming again. One day. So it’s important to be prepared. HelloSWFL talked to the Red Cross to get some safety tips for you.
“When you see standing water what’s most important is to turn around don’t drown,” Palmer said. “There’s no need to go into that water you don’t need to walk through it. You don’t know the depth of that water and most definitely do not drive in standing water.”
SUVs and trucks are also in danger of rushing flood water. “It only takes a few inches to actually displace a vehicle and then you can be quickly swept away and into a very dangerous situation,” Palmer said.
If you find yourself caught on a flooded road, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Do not cross anything that has been blocked off.
If there is a mandatory evacuation in your area, Palmer said to follow it. “There are reasons why those evacuations are put into place and it is for your safety,” she said.
For more safety tips and a whole checklist, you can visit the Red Cross’s website .