Flooding Procedure Plan

What are the flood terms?

  • Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
  • Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
  • Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.

What should I do if flooding occurs in the building?

  • Stop using electrical equipment until repairs are accomplished and the area is dry.
  • Avoid standing water due to the potential for electrical shock.
  • Notify University Police.
  • In the case of flooding, the building supervisor (or in his/her absence, next alternate) will notify the Dean, Assistant Deans, Department Heads, and the Dean’s Office (297-6762 or 297-0349).
  • See Appendix C.1 regarding the “Equipment to be protected in event of a hurricane” to follow the same procedures in the event of a flood which includes which equipment should be unplugged or moved. (IMPORTANT: Equipment should only be unplugged prior to indoor flooding conditions. Once flooding occurs, equipment should not be touched due to the potential for electrical shock.)

What should I know about outdoor flooding?

  • Urban flash floods often occur in less than one hour.
  • Due to the relatively flat terrain across Florida, it is much more difficult to drain accumulated water.
  • In flood areas, it is difficult to judge water depth.
  • Water only inches deep can be next to water that is several feet deep.
  • As little as one foot of water can move most cars off the road. Just six inches of fast-moving water can sweep a person off his or her feet.

What should I do if I encounter flooding?

  • Be aware of streams, drainage canals and areas known to flood.
  • Do not drive through the water if you cannot see the road or its line markings.
  • Do not allow children to play in flooded areas.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.

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