Protect people from the hazard

Flood Safety

There are several actions residents of flood prone areas can take to decrease the potential of injury due to flooding:

  • Know the storm warning systems and monitor local television and radio broadcasts for updates as a storm approaches.
  • If you are advised to evacuate, do so promptly.
  • Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off all utilities (power, water, and gas) at the main disconnects.
  • Do not walk through flowing water.
  • Avoid driving through a flooded area. If your vehicle stalls in high water, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.
  • Keep children away from flood waters, ditches, culverts, and storm drains.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and other electrical wires.
  • Be alert for gas leaks.
  • Look out for animals, especially snakes.
  • Contact the Charleston County Emergency Preparedness Division at 202-7400 or visit them online for more information.