If you or someone close to you has a disability or requires special assistance, please call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 303-271-0211. In an emergency, always dial 911.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Information from Jefferson County Public Health

Jefferson County Public Health shares flood safety information:

During a flood:

  • Be aware of possible flash flooding hazards. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Listen to radio or television stations for local information.
  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, or other areas prone to flooding.
  • If local authorities issue a flood watch, prepare to evacuate: Secure your home; if instructed, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves; fill bathtubs with water in case water becomes contaminated or unavailable. Before filling the tub, sterilize it with a diluted bleach solution.
  • Be especially careful if walking and avoid walking through moving water. Moving water can easily knock you off your feet.
  • Avoid driving into flooded areas. Water may reach the bottom of most passenger vehicles causing loss of control and possible stalling.

After a flood:

  • Avoid flood waters, the water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. The water may also be electrically charged from downed power lines.
  • Avoid moving water.
  • Be aware of areas where flood waters have receded, the road may have been weakened and may collapse under the weight of a car.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.
  • Stay away from designated disaster areas unless authorities ask for volunteers.
  • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. Be caution when returning, there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.

For addition information regarding flood preparedness and safety:
www.emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/floods www.ready.gov/floods

Flood fact sheet provided by Jefferson County Public Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response
Program 303-271-5700 or visit: http://jeffco.us/public-health/disasters-outbreaksemergencies/