Potential flooding on the way ~ Learn about evacuation ~
Posted on 2/10/2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
February 10, 2009
Bismarck, ND - With potential flooding this spring, now is the time to get prepared, assess flood risk, and learn about evacuation procedures and routes.
"We are certain some flooding will occur this spring and evacuations for some people are likely," said Greg Wilz, Director of ND Homeland Security. "Citizens should begin preparation by deciding whether their home is likely to flood. If the probability is high, individuals should find out if their community has evacuation routing procedures. People without cars and those with physical limitations should make arrangements in advance for transportation."
In order to fully prepare for evacuation, people should:
Talk with family members including children about the possibility of evacuation. Pick a location to evacuate to outside of the community if necessary. Select a place to meet in case family members become separated. Also choose an out-of-town contact everyone can call to get needed information.
Find out from school authorities where children will be sent if schools are evacuated.
Keep your fuel tank full. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies and will be unable to pump gas during power outages.
Instruct family members how to shut off your electricity, gas and water supplies at the main switch and valve.
For more information about evacuation, please contact your local emergency manager or the ND Department of Emergency Services at 800-472-2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.