Cleveland OH (PRWEB) March 19, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of flood damage repair and restoration in the United States, is encouraging citizens to get involved in Flood Safety Awareness Week, which is designed to raise awareness of flood causes and effects on lives and property. With spring just around the corner, severe weather events will become more common, and the threat of flooding increases exponentially.
Flooding is the single most common natural disaster in the United States, occurring year round, for any number of reasons, and causing billions of dollars in damage to life and property every year. The key to minimizing that damage and the loss of life is found in better education as it pertains to flood related events.
Flooding may be a small scale problem, affecting one home in a given community, or it may be a large scale natural disaster, reaching across state lines and causing damage to hundreds of thousands of properties. People are advised to monitor local news outlets for any watches or warnings that may go into effect locally.
It is also important to be familiar with the various terms that meteorologists use when describing flood conditions:
A Flood Watch means that flooding is possible in your area and all residents should move furniture and valuables to higher floors within the home. Make sure that your vehicle’s gas tank is full in case you receive an evacuation order.
A Flood Warning means that there is significant flooding already occurring, or that it will occur within a given area. Any and all flood warnings issued through local media should be heeded. If you are told to evacuate, don’t wait….leave now. Your life may depend on prompt action.
Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are right for flash flooding to occur in the area, and all residents should be on alert for signs of a flash flood and be prepared to evacuate quickly.
Flash Flood Warnings mean that a flash flood is currently happening, and you should immediately evacuate to higher ground. You may only have minutes or seconds to save your life, so obey the directions given and stay away from rivers, creeks, streams, and storm drains. If you find yourself trapped by rising water, abandon your vehicle and move to higher ground. Most flash flood deaths are the result of drivers becoming trapped in their vehicles.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of flood and water damage restoration in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.