Flood Safety During the Hurricane Season


October 10, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Flood Safety During the Hurricane Season

Georgia is certainly not unfamiliar with the strength of hurricanes and flooding that is often experienced during the late summer and early fall.  The recent devastation experienced from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have taught many Georgians just how important it is to take precautionary measures when dealing with catastrophic flooding.

Given the sheer strength of a storm, it is not always possible to avoid being stuck in flooding.  However, there are various steps that individuals can take to protect themselves as much as possible.  Many of the steps involve the use of a vehicle during flooding, and simply walking into the water where the depth may be unknown.  Flood-related deaths outrank those resulting from hurricanes, tornadoes, and other types of natural disasters combined.  This demonstrates just how powerful water can be, and how deceptive a few inches or feet of water can be. Six inches of water can knock a person over. Two feet of water can carry a vehicle away.  Underestimating the power of water can contribute to a fatal accident that is often preventable.

Tips for Protecting Yourself from Flood-Related Accidents and Death

Georgia uses the motto of “turn around don't drown,” which is a very basic tip that everybody can follow.  If you see water and you are unsure of the depth of it, simply turn around and avoid the water completely.  A simple puddle could turn out to be three or four inches of water that has the potential to sweep a young child away.  Do not drive through water even if it seems like a small or shallow puddle.  We saw from Hurricane Harvey that many vehicles were swept away because drivers attempted to travel through water they thought was not very deep.  When only a few inches can sweep a person away, it is not worth the risk of walking or driving through the water.

Listen to all weather news.  Regardless of whether the news is obtained from TV, online, on your phone, or the radio, it is crucial that all individuals heed any warnings provided by meteorologists and government officials.  Florida benefitted significantly because of the major urgency expressed by the state government.  Being on top of weather conditions can help to ensure you are prepared before flooding occurs.  Stock up on essential needs, such as food, water, medical supplies, medication, and disinfectant.

Evacuate before a flood hits if at all possible.  Even if a storm seems like it is going to miss your home or city, storms can be unpredictable, and you could find yourself in the midst of flash flooding at any given moment.  Heeding warnings and evacuating is the best decision to make to protect yourself and loved ones from deadly flooding.  However, many individuals may have difficulty evacuating for various reasons, some of which are medical in nature.  In such situations, neighbors, loved ones and local government officials may help to ensure these vulnerable individuals are evacuated so that unnecessary injuries and death are not suffered because of flooding.

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We at Montlick & Associates wish you and your family to be safe this fall.  If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else's negligence, contact Montlick & Associates today for your free consultation. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Our personal injury lawyers in Atlanta have been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast for over thirty-three years.

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Source: https://www.oci.ga.gov/consumerservice/SafetyTips-Flooding.aspx

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