Floods can be dangerous, as the recent weather in the lowcountry of South Carolina has demonstrated. Floods are especially hazardous because the danger is slow in coming—rainwater accumulates gradually, and then suddenly roads are washed out, dams collapse, and bridges have structural issues.
OSHA and NOAA are working together on a public education effort aimed at improving the way people prepare for and respond to severe weather. This page is designed to help companies and their workers prepare for floods, and to provide information about hazards that workers may face during and after a flood event.
The Preparedness page provides information on making an evacuation plan, emergency supply kits, and flood watches and warnings. This planning information can help you ensure that you are ready to evacuate in an orderly manner before rising waters impact your business or residence, or your evacuation routes.
The Response/Recovery page provides useful details on the hazards to avoid when flooding has occurred. This includes areas to avoid when using a vehicle, and safety and health hazards.
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