When the water rises…

Tips to keep your family safe when flooding is possible

You might have heard the saying, “If you don’t like the weather in Indiana, just wait five minutes!” Unfortunately, during that five minutes, severe weather can strike leading to flooding.

According to weather.gov, in September 2003, a record-setting 7.2 inches of rain fell during a 24-hour period. With an average of 42 inches of precipitation annually, the possibility of flooding is moderate depending on storm patterns, terrain and waterways.

Hoosier Energy provides safety tips, such as “water and electricity don’t mix,” as part of our commitment to safety. Our “Safe by Choice” initiative is designed to emphasize safety both at work and at home.

Flood watch vs. warning

  • A flood “watch” means a flood is possible in your area.
  • A flood “warning” means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

Know what to expect

  • Know the flood risk where you live. If you are unsure, call your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, or planning and zoning department.
  • If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of flooding.
  • Stay away from fallen power lines.

Assemble a disaster supply kit including:

  • First aid kit and essential medications
  • Canned food and can opener
  • At least three gallons of water per person
  • Protective clothing, rain wear, and bedding or sleeping bags
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members
  • Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Have several options.