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Flood

Home Health Care Patients and Elderly Residents

How Storms Destroy

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Hazards

Coastal Specific Hazards

STORM SURGE

    

The greatest potential for loss of life associated with a hurricane is from storm surge, which historically claims 9 of 10 victims.

 

Storm surge can increase the mean water level 22 feet or more.

 

Capital Area coastal counties can expect significant storm surges that will affect inland communities.

WIND

    

Even minimal hurricane force winds will impact an area many miles inland from where the storm makes landfall.

 

Winds associated with hurricanes and tornadoes can destroy homes, trees and power lines.

 

Debris including signs, roofing material, siding and unsecured objects can become flying missiles.

FLOODING

    

Most coastal damage caused by hurricanes is the result of flooding from giant waves driven by the hurricane winds.

 

If you are caught in the house by the suddenly rising flood waters, move to the second floor or to the roof and wait for help.

 

Purchase flood insurance. Damage to your home and its contents may not be covered by homeowner’s insurance.

Inland Specific Hazards

WIND

    

Even minimal hurricane force winds will impact an area many miles inland from where the storm makes landfall.

 

Winds associated with hurricanes and tornadoes can destroy homes, trees and power lines.

 

Debris including signs, roofing material, siding and unsecured objects can become flying missiles.

FLOODING

    

Flash flooding is associated with hurricanes and tropical storms. The tons of water the storm picked up over the ocean will be released as the storm moves inland.

 

If you are driving and encounter a flooded road, turn around and go another way. NEVER drive through flooded roadways!

 

If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.

   Purchase flood insurance. Damage to home and its contents may not be covered by homeowner's insurance.

DOWNED POWER LINES

    

Assume all downed power lines are energized.

 

Contact your utility provider to report downed power lines.

 

Do not connect generators directly to your home as it will energize the lines and injure or kill your neighbors or utility workers.

 

 

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