Flood Control District: Be prepared for a storm


AHN CLINIC.ORG. HE WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS PERSONALLY.>>>WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN SOME MAJOR MONSOON STORMS. WE ARE STILL CLEANING UP AFTER THEM. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WAYS TO BE FLOOD SMART. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. WOULD YOU BE PREPARED IF YOU WERE CAUGHT IN A STORM? TONYA JORDAN SMITH AND KIMBERLY McMAHON OF THE FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT ARE HERE WITH WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. WE CAN’T TALK ABOUT IT ENOUGH .>>THAT’S RIGHT. WE MAY BE A LITTLE BIT DRY RIGHT NOW, BUT WE JUST CAME OFF OF A LADDER RAIN AND THERE’S MORE TO COME LATER IN THE WEEK. WHAT WE WANT YOU TO DO THE FLIGHT CONTROL DISTRICT IS 3 THINGS. BE INFORMED, BE PREPARED, AND BE FLOOD SMART. THERE IS A LOT OF THINGS THAT GO INTO THAT. TODAY WE ARE GOING TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THOSE THINGS IN THE KIT THAT YOU SHOULD BE PREPARED WITH .>>YOU BROUGHT ALONG A PREPARED KIT TO GIVE US SOME IDEAS OF WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE. WALK US THROUGH THE ESSENTIALS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE .>>ABSOLUTELY. ACCORDING TO FEMA WE SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR 72 HOURS WITHOUT OUR NECESSITIES. WE SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 3 DAYS WORTH OF WATER. A GALLON OF WATER PER PERSON PER DAY. FOR USE OF CONSUMING AND SANITATION AND STUFF LIKE THAT. THINGS YOU SHOULD KEEP HER LIKE A FIRST-AID KIT, AND MAYBE BASIC TOILETRIES. THINGS LIKE WARM BLANKETS, A FLASHLIGHT, MATCHES IN A WATERPROOF CONTAINER. I JUST USE TUPPERWARE. IT IS EASY. YOU SHOULD KEEP 3 DAYS WORTH OF FOOD. STUFF THAT KEEPS WELL LIKE CANNED FOOD. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A CAN OPENER.>>THAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT .>>I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHEN YOU HAVE DRINKING WATER LIKE THAT, WE THROW IT IN OUR CAR AND FORGET ABOUT IT, HOW LONG WILL THAT LAST?>>THERE IS AN EXPIRATION DATE ON BOTTLES. I WOULD KEEP IT IN A COOL, DRY AREA LIKE YOUR PANTRY. DON’T PUT IT IN YOUR GARAGE WHERE IT WILL GET HOT . THE PLASTIC MAY CONTAMINATE THE WATER .>>AND IT DOES HELP TO KEEP THE SUN FROM THAT. WE DON’T WANT TO FORGET ABOUT THE PETS. THEY ARE MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY. NOT EVERY SHELTER, IF YOU HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE, NOT EVERY SHELTER ACCEPTS PETS. FIND ONE AHEAD OF TIME SO THE PETS STAY SAFE .>>IT IS ALL ABOUT THINKING AHEAD.>>THAT’S RIGHT .>>SO MANY OF US DON’T DO THAT. LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW WE STAY INFORMED. I KNOW THAT A LOT OF US USE OUR CELLULAR DEVICES TO CHECK ON THE CONDITIONS. SOMETIMES THE TRAGEDY THAT HAPPENS, YOU MIGHT BE IN AN AREA THAT YOU ARE NOT GETTING A SIGNAL .>>YOU ARE RIGHT. ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELING OR AWAY FROM HOME. YOU NEED TO STAY ALERT WITH FLOOD ALERTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. YOU WANT ABC 15, YOU WANT TO GET ALERTS THAT WAY ON YOUR CELL PHONE .>>WE HAVE A GREAT APP. STAY TUNED WITH SOCIAL MEDIA. A WEBSITE ON OUR HOMEPAGE HAS A RAINFALL MAP THAT YOU CAN LOOK AT RAINFALL IN YOUR AREA. IT ALSO HAS SANDBAGS AVAILABLE, IF THERE IS FLOODING COMING IN, YOU CAN GO GET SANDBAGS FOR FREE . YOU CAN FIND THAT THAT IN YOUR LOCATION BY GOING TO OUR SANDBAG MAP ON THE FRONT PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE.>>THAT’S PROBABLY SOMETHING WE SHOULD DO IN ADVANCE .>>RIGHT. TO IT BEFORE IT HAPPENS. WE WANT TO AVOID TRAGEDIES AND ANY FATALITIES. PLAN AHEAD TO PLAN TO BE SAFE.>>WE ALWAYS HAVE TO SAY IT, WE CANNOT HEAR IT ENOUGH, YOU SHOULD NOT CROSS STREAMS WHEN WATER IS NEAR. DEAR CLEAR .>>YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING TIDBIT OF INFORMATION ABOUT HOW QUICKLY WATER CAN TAKE AWAY YOUR VEHICLE. IF IT WEIGHS 2 TONS –>>THAT’S RIGHT. IS LIKE 6 INCHES OF WATER CAN KNOCK YOU OFF YOUR FEET IF IT’S FLOWING. ABOUT 12 INCHES CAN FLOAT YOUR VEHICLE. YOU WANT TO AVOID WATER. WE HAVE A FLASHING LIGHTS AT CERTAIN INTERSECTIONS THAT WE ARE ADDING ONTO. THERE ARE 4 RIGHT NOW AT CERTAIN INTERSECTIONS. WHEN THOSE LIGHTS ARE ON, FLASHING, AVOID THE FLOODWAY. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION. WE DO NOT WANT TRAGEDY. STAY INFORMED AND BE PREPARED AND BE FLOOD SMART.>>KIMBERLY, DO YOU HAVE A LIST OF THE ESSENTIALS THAT YOU RECOMMEND?>>ON OUR WEBSITE, YES.>>I LOVE THE PLAYING CARDS.>>YOU WANT TO KEEP BUSY .>>YOU NEVER NOT — YOU NEVER KNOW .>>SOMETIMES THEY ARE AFRAID THAT WILL KEEP THEM ENTERTAINED DURING ANY SITUATION AWAY FROM THE HOUSE .>>WE ARE STILL IN MONSOON SO YOU HAVE TO BE FLOOD SMART . THE FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT OF MARICOPA COUNTY HAS A LOT MORE TIPS ON THEIR WEBSITE. THEY WANT YOU TO BE FLOOD SMART. FIND ALL THAT INFORMATION AT FCD DONE MARICOPA DOT OF.

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