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Potential Exists For Flooding This Weekend
Red Cross gives tips for staying safe during floods

Date: March 7, 2008
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043
concannond@njredcross.org

Princeton, NJ, March 7, 2008 – With rivers and streams already swollen and the forecast calling for heavy rains, flood watches are in effect for parts of New Jersey.

The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey encourages the public to stay informed about flooding in their area, and to take precautions before flooding occurs.

How to prepare for flooding:

  • MAKE A PLAN so you know where to go if you need to evacuate. Plan ahead for the possibility of becoming separated from your loved ones by choosing an out-of-town contact that each person can contact should a disaster occur. Plan on using the Red Cross Safe and Well web site, accessible through www.redcross.org.
  • STAY INFORMED. Know what to do if flooding occurs.
  • - Be ready with an EMERGENCY SUPPLIES KIT, which includes:
    - First aid kit and essential medications.
    - Battery-powered NOAA Weather radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
    - Canned food and can opener.
    - Bottled water (at least one gallon per person/per day to last at least 3 days).
    - Family documents (wills, passports, insurance policies, deeds, etc.) in a portable, waterproof and fireproof container as part of your kit.

When a Flood WATCH is issued – Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home. Fill your car’s gas tank, 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. Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice.

When a Flash Flood WARNING is issued – or if you think it has already started, evacuate immediately. You may have only seconds to escape. Act quickly! Move to higher ground. Do not drive around barricades. If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground. If you experience flooding and need help, call your local authorities immediately.

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American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help too – volunteer your time, make a monetary donation, donate blood, and/or take a CPR course. For more information on the programs and services of the American Red Cross and to learn how you can get involved, contact your local chapter. In Middlesex, Mercer, and Hunterdon counties, visit the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey website at www.njredcross.org or call 609/951-8550.

 

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