MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)- Severe weather is expected to come through the Mid-South that could cause flash flooding and unsafe driving conditions.
The Shelby County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is advising people to be proactive and not reactive in weather like this.
It is also reminding people to be weather-aware and follow the forecast for what type of weather to expect.
Brenda Jones, director of Shelby County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, said if people are driving and see still water to caution. It can be difficult to know how deep the water is and can be very dangerous to drive through.
“I want you to turn around and don’t drown,” Jones said.
“Remember six inches of water will knock you or I down, 12 inches
will move a vehicle. “
Jones said understanding what is happening is a way to be safe and efficient in any severe weather.
“Know the terms,” said Jones. “Flood watch just means be vigilant but if you hear flood warning you need to take some type of action because there will possibly be some flooding.”
Emergency Management advises people to have a plan in case of flash flooding, have plenty of food, have a first aid kit available with necessary medications, and to have enough supplies and food for your pets.
Below is a full list from Shelby County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security of severe weather advice to keep yourself safe:
-Know the Forecast: If possible, have a NOAA all-hazards battery-powered radio and download weather apps to mobile devices.
-Know the terms:
Flood Watch: Be aware! Conditions are favorable for flooding to occur.
Flood Warning: Take action! Flooding is occurring or will occur soon. Seek higher ground!
-Home Preparedness: Create a digital home inventory.
-Have a Plan: Practice how to shelter-in-place or evacuate at a moment’s
notice. Know where higher ground is located in your neighborhood and in areas you frequent. Know two (2) alternative routes to and from home, work and school.
-Family Communications Plan: Program “in case of emergency” (ICE) phone numbers in cell phones. Have emergency phone number wallet cards for all family members. Designate an out-of-town relative everyone will call if they get separated.
-Disaster Kit: Have a portable kit with enough supplies to sustain you and your pets for seven days to include important documents, medication, food, water, flashlight, and tools.
-Flood Safety: Do not drive through flood waters. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! As little as 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 12 inches of moving water can float a vehicle. If flood waters surround your vehicle and the water is not moving, abandon the vehicle and seek higher ground. Do not leave the vehicle and enter moving water. Flood waters can be toxic – be sure to wash off any flood water immediately.
-National Flood Insurance Program: Visit www.floodsmart.gov to find out your flood risks and information on purchasing flood insurance.