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Emergency Flood Management

Emergency Flood Management

Flood Safety Measures

You can protect yourself from flood hazards by taking measures to ensure the safety of life and property before, during and after a flood occurs. If evacuation becomes necessary, be sure that you turn off all utility services at the main connect. If evacuation is ordered, do so immediately; do not wait.

Did you know that floods cause more deaths and property damage than tornadoes and hurricanes?

  • Do not walk through flowing water:
    • Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods.
    • Currents can be deceptive – six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
    • If you walk in standing water, use a pole, or stick to see how deep the water is.
  • Do not drive through a flooded area:
    • More people drown in their cars than anywhere else.
    • Do not drive around road barriers – the road or bridges further down the road may be washed out.
  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires:
    • The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution.
    • Electric current can travel through water.
    • Report downed power lines to the electricity provider or Highlands OEM (Text 07732 to 88888777 and you will receive login info)

In the event of a storm warning or advisory, immediately bring outdoor furniture and other possessions inside or tie them down securely. Be sure you have a full tank of fuel and stock the car with nonperishable food, a container or water, a first aid kit and any special medication needed by the family.


Street flooding can happen very quickly in some areas because of rainstorms and/or high tides. Learn where these areas are located and move your vehicle out of the way of rising water early during flooding. 

Stay alive, never drive through flood waters!

For up-to-the minute details contact:

Highlands Office Emergency Management William Kane


Location:  17-1 Shore Drive

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Highlands OEM Text 07732 to 88888777 and you will receive login info