Do not walk through flowing water.
Drowning is the most frequent cause of death during a flood, especially a flash flood. Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you over. Use a pole or stick to ensure that the ground is still there before you go through an area where the water is not flowing.
2. Do not drive through a flooded area.
More people drown in cars than anywhere else. Do not drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
3. Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.
The second largest flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical currents can travel through water. Report downed power lines to Florida Power and Light (F.P.&L.) or to the City of Pembroke Pines Engineering Division at 435-6511.
4. Have your electricity turned off by the Power Company.
Some appliances, such as television sets, keep electrical charges even after they have been unplugged. Do not use these appliances or any motors which have gotten wet.
5. Look out for animals, especially snakes, alligators and rodents.
Animals which have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke, turn things over, and scare away any animals.
6. Look before you step.
Debris, such as broken bottles and nails, often cover the ground after a flood. Wear protective covering (boots, e.g.) on your feet at all times. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be extremely slippery.
7. Be alert for gas leaks.
Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Unless you know your gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated, do not smoke, use candles, lanterns, or open flames.
8. Carbon monoxide exhaust kills.
Use generators or other gasoline-powered machines, including camping stoves, outdoors. Charcoal fumes are especially deadly. Cook with charcoal outside.
9. Clean every wet item.
Flood waters pick up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms factories, and storage buildings. Therefore, flooded food, medicine, and cosmetics can be very hazardous. When in doubt, throw them out!