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What to do before and during a flood: safety tips from Tacoma Fire

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Nov. 20, 2012 at 6:00 am |
November 19, 2012 10:53 pm

With this week’s downpour, Tacoma Fire sent out tips for flood preparedness:

Before a flood:

-Know evacuation routes and what the risk of flooding is where you live.

-Clean leaves from storm drains and gutters.

-Have a disaster supply kit. FEMA recommends this list.

During a flood:

-Don’t walk or drive through flooded areas.

-Be aware that fast-moving water that’s six inches deep can sweep you off your feet, and two feet of water can sweep away cars. Water can been deeper than it appears.

-Report downed power lines to Tacoma Public Utilities at 253-502-8602. Do not try to move them, and call 911 if the situation is life-threatening.

-Follow the National Weather Service to monitor conditions. Disaster preparedness information can be found at, and the Regional Public Information Network provides alerts from local agencies.

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