If a flood is likely in your area, you should:
- Listen to the radio or television for information.
- Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
- Do not wait for instructions to move.
- Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly.
- Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:
- Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture.
- Move essential items to an upper floor.
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
- Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips:
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall.
- If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving.
- Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas.
- If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.
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High winds, heavy snow, mechanical failures and traffic accidents can lead to downed power lines, and power outages that cause uncertainty and panic among residents. In an effort to keep residents and customers informed, Cleveland Public Power (CPP) offers the following tips for storm safety:
Downed power lines – Never touch, move or go near any downed or hanging lines. The first action should be to call 9-1-1 or your local utility. CPP’s Trouble Line can be reached by calling 216-664-3156.
- Do not put your feet in water where a downed line is laying
- Do not try to move tree limbs
- If you see someone who has come into contact with a downed line, do not touch them, again call 9-1-1
- If a line comes down on your car stay inside, roll down your window and warn others to stay away. Call authorities or ask a passerby to call authorities. The only time you should exit a vehicle with a downed line on it is if it has caught fire. If the vehicle is on fire, open the door and jump with both feet together to avoid contact with the car. It is metal and therefore you could receive a shock.
Power outage and food safety – Unless there is a major outage extending more than 4 hours, your food should be safe in the refrigerator as long as you leave the doors closed. After that point you may want to begin to prepare and/or eat the food.
- Food in the freezer will hold much longer. According to the USDA, “a full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.”
- If it appears the outage will last for a prolonged period of time, the USDA advises obtaining dry ice or block ice to keep the refrigerator cold. The USDA reports “fifty pounds of dry ice should hold an 18-cubic foot full freezer for 2 days.”
In Home Tips – unplug and avoid using major electric appliances and avoid using the telephone. You should also avoid using the telephone because in the even of a lightning strike these lines and other wires can conduct electricity.
Public Utilities Director Barry Withers urges residents to take the necessary precautions for safety, “The national weather service is predicting that this will be an unusually severe storm for this area, so we are asking our residents and customers to follow storm protocols of seeking shelter, but in the event of an outage to call us at 216-664-3156.”
In the event of widespread outages customers will also be able to follow updates as well as report outages on Twitter, by following @cppgreen on http://www.twitter.com.
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Prepare for the high winds by securing all loose objects. Move cars inside a garage or away from trees and power lines. Damage to trees, power lines, and property are likely with wind of this magnitude. Power outages could be widespread. Be extra careful or do not drive until the wind subsides. Stay tuned to weather radio for further details or updates.
PREPARE FOR THE HIGH WINDS BY:
- SECURING ALL LOOSE OBJECTS.
- MOVE CARS INSIDE A GARAGE OR AWAY FROM TREES AND POWER LINES.
- DAMAGE TO TREES…POWER LINES…AND PROPERTY ARE LIKELY WITH WIND OF
THIS MAGNITUDE. POWER OUTAGES COULD BE WIDESPREAD.
- BE EXTRA CAREFUL WHILE DRIVING OR DO NOT DRIVE UNTIL
THE WIND SUBSIDES.
- STAY TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO FOR FURTHER
DETAILS OR UPDATES.
- Learn community evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
- Make plans to secure your property.
- Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
- Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
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