Flood and Storm Safety Tips

As we officially enter the Fall season it’s a great time to inform your residents on how to prepare and stay safe through hazardous weather. We’ve added graphics and sample messages from the National Weather Service and the National Fire Protection Association that you can download and share among your community on Neighbors.

Here's how to post a graphic:

Step 1: Download the graphics below by right clicking on the images and selecting “save image as”.

Step 2: Sign in to publicsafety.ring.com and click the Create button.

Step 3: Fill out the post details and upload the graphic to share.


Storm Surge Warning vs. Storm Surge Watch 

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Sample message: 
 “Do you know the difference between a Storm Surge Warning and a Storm Surge Watch? A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening flooding within the next 36 hours. A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening flooding within the next 48 hours. In either case, please promptly follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials. Visit weather.gov/hurricanesafety for more hurricane safety tips.”  (Source: National Weather Service) 


Flooding

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Sample message: 
“ More than 50% of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related. You never know how deep the water is or if the road has been washed away or compromised beneath the water. It only takes 12 inches of water to carry off a small car and 18 inches of water to sweep a larger vehicle away Don’t risk driving into floodwaters!” (Source: National Weather Service)


The Power of Water

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Sample message: 
“ More than 50% of all flood fatalities are vehicle-related. You never know how deep the water is or if the road has been washed away or compromised beneath the water. It only takes 12 inches of water to carry off a small car and 18 inches of water to sweep a larger vehicle away Don’t risk driving into floodwaters!” (Source: National Weather Service)


Flood Warning vs. Flood Watch

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Sample message: 
“Do you know the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning? A warning means “Take Action Now!” because flooding is imminent or already occurring. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. A watch means “Be Prepared” because flooding is possible within your area.” (Source: National Weather Service)


Heavy Rain Can Cause Debris Flows

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Sample message: 
“ Debris flows often happen in areas where excessive rain causes soil to become so saturated it turns into very runny mud. The mud then races downhill, picking up debris such as fallen branches, tree trunks, and rocks as it goes. Debris flows can bury homes under piles of mud and debris. Know the risks of the area where you live, so you can prepare your family and home before heavy rains threaten your area. weather.gov/safety/flood-hazards  (Source: National Weather Service)


 

 

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