This week marks Flood Safety Awareness Week across Indiana. While spring brings warmer weather and longer days to Indiana, it also comes with volatile weather that can increase the risk of floods. The National Weather Service, Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Transportation, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security are encouraging Hoosiers to take the time throughout this week to get ready for potential flooding.
There are several things individuals and families can do to prepare for flooding. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) encourages all Hoosiers develop a family emergency communications plan and put together a disaster preparedness kit. The kit should contain essential items your family needs to sustain itself for at least three days. When developing a family communications plan, make sure to include an out-of-state contact and meeting places in case the family becomes separated.
Some tips for what to do in your neighborhood…
Without taking preventive measures, clogged or blocked drainage systems can lead to numerous problems. Poor drainage can cause potholes and slick driving conditions on public roads.
Hoosiers should also keep the following in mind when encountering flooded roadways.