Flooding is the most common and widespread of all natural disasters and with the moderate to heavy rain expected across the region the next few days, now is the time to prepare for water related hazards.
What to do before a flood
-- Know your flood risk and know your evacuations routes
-- Clean out leaves around your gutters and storm drains
Assemble a disaster supply kit
What to do during a flood
-- Do not try to walk or drive through flooded areas. Water can be deeper than it appears and fast moving water just six inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Cars can be swept away in just two feet of water
-- Report downed power lines to Tacoma Public Utilities @ 253-502-8602 (call 911 if it is a life threatening situation) and do not try to move them.
-- Stay informed - visit the National Weather Service to monitor weather conditions, Ready.gov for disaster preparedness information and check out the Regional Public Information Network to subscribe to news alerts from more than 75 government, transportation, utility, health and emergency response agencies that serve the area.