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Red Cross Provides Tips for Staying Safe During a Hurricane

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Red Cross Provides Tips for Staying Safe During a Hurricane

Posted: Aug 26, 2020 8:28 PM

BATON ROUGE - With Hurricane Laura predicted to make landfall as a category four or five storm in the next few hours, consider the following tips to staying safe during a severe storm.

Stay indoors.
Don’t walk on beaches, riverbanks or in flood waters.
Use flashlights in the dark if the power goes out. Do NOT use candles.
Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.

Staying Safe Outdoors
Don't walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
If caught on a flooded road with rapidly rising waters, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
Don't walk on beaches or riverbanks.
Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.
Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.
Stay out of areas subject to flooding. Underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water.

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