Fay Is On The Way
Tropical Storm, Fay, is making its way up the East Coast. The storm is set to bring heavy rains prompting areas to flood. Make sure your property is set up for this type of weather by securing any loose items outside and moving items away from windows and doors. Be sure to account that all employees or family members are safe by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places. Assign select individuals to keep a list of their assigned team’s names and contact numbers in order to account for their whereabouts. If water enters the building and evacuation becomes impossible, move to an upper floor, and wait for first responders. While evacuating, avoid attempting to drive through floods or rising water, nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Do not walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall. Use no open flames (there may be gas escaping from ruptured mains). Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged. If the water has entered the structure through the flooding of a creek, stream, or river, or if it has filtered through insulation during its intrusion, it is considered to be black water and could be hazardous to your health. Avoid contact with contaminated items as much as possible. Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters. Listen for news reports to learn if the community’s water supply is safe to drink. Return only when authorities indicate it is safe. Stay safe everyone!