​Floods and Tornados

 

What is a Flash Flood?

Flash floods develop from intense thunderstorms dropping large amounts of water in a short time.  Flash floods occur with little or no warning.  During periods of urban flooding, streets can become swift moving rivers and basements can fill with water.

If you are indoors:

  • Turn off your basement furnace and outside gas valve.
  • Make sure basement windows are closed.
  • Turn power off to circuit breaker or fuse box.
  • If the area is wet, stand on a dry board and shut off power with a dry wooden stick.
  • Move furniture, electrical appliances and other belongings to higher levels.
  • Remove toilet bowl water and plug basement sewer drains and toilet connection.
  • Turn on a battery-operated radio or television and listen for the latest emergency information.
  • If told to leave, grab your preassembled disaster safety kit and go immediately to the designated shelter. Be sure to follow the recommended evacuation routes – never take shortcuts.

If you are outdoors:

  • In a flooding, emergency always make sure you are on firm ground whether you are walking or driving.
  • Quickly move towards an elevated area but stay away from flood regions.
  • Climb to high ground in a highly visible and safe area.
  • Never cross floodwaters.  Water even as shallow as 15 cm could sweep you off your feet.

If you are in a vehicle:

  • Travel carefully and only if absolutely necessary through flooded areas where roads may be washed away.
  • If you come across a flooded road, take a different route as the fast moving water could sweep you away.
  • If you become caught in fast rising floodwaters and your vehicle stalls, leave it and move yourself and your passengers to higher ground.
  • Avoid remaining in your car.  As little as 60 cm. of water can carry a car away.


Tornado

Tornadoes result from hot, humid weather meeting a cold front.  With these conditions, a tornado could be imminent.  A funnel cloud hanging from a dark cloud may appear before the tornado actually occurs. A tornado may be accompanied by lightening, high winds and hail.

If you are indoors:

  • Go immediately to the basement, storm cellar or the lowest level of the home.
  • If there is no basement, go to a closet, a bathroom or under a staircase.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Get under a sturdy piece of furniture, such as a workbench or a heavy table.  Hold onto the furniture with one hand and use the other arm to protect your head and neck from falling or flying objects.
  • If you are in an office or apartment building take shelter in an inner hallway or room, ideally in the basement or on the ground floor.  Do not use the elevator and stay away from windows.
  • Avoid being in the corners of the room because they attract debris.
  • If in a mobile home, get out and seek shelter elsewhere.

If you are outdoors:

  • If possible, get inside a building.
  • If there is no shelter, lie down in a ditch or ravine.
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • Stay away from bridges and overpasses.

If you are in a vehicle:

  • Never try to out drive a tornado. Tornadoes can change direction suddenly and could lift up the car and toss it through the air.
  • Immediately stop the car and turn off the engine.
  • Get out of the car and seek shelter in a building, ditch or ravine.