Message from the Chief – Floods

July 7, 2023

From the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department (BMFD) – The Fire Chief would like remind you of how to stay safe before, during and after heavy rain storms.

Floods can happen anywhere, making them one of the country’s most common natural disasters.  Flooding poses a greater threat in low-lying areas, near water or downstream from dams.  Even the smallest streams, creek beds or drains can overflow and create flooding. During periods of heavy rain or extended periods of steady rains, be aware of the possibility of a flood.  Flash floods develop quickly—anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.  Listen to local weather reports for flooding information.

  • During a flood or flash flood watch, be prepared, including fill your car’s gas tank; bring in outside furniture; move valuables to high points in your home; and unplug electrical appliances and move them to high points.
  • During a flood warning, be prepared to evacuate if you are so advised.
  • Keep your emergency supplies kit, including water, stored in an easily accessible, waterproof place.
  • If time allows, call someone to let them know where you are going, and check with neighbors who may need a ride.
  • Stay out of flood waters, if possible. Even water only several inches deep can be dangerous.  If you have to walk through water, use a stick to check the firmness of the ground ahead of you.  Avoid moving water.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If your car becomes surrounded by rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • When it’s safe to return remember to clean and disinfect everything that got wet.

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