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In light of the recent bout of severe weather, as well as what we are facing this weekend, I am sharing some basic information that we use in our agency as a part of our own Disaster Recovery Plan.  Let's start with all that rain we've received.  Yes, it's awesome and is indeed needed.  The problem is we've gotten all me needed much quicker that we can handle and we're barely into storm season.  Like a number of areas in our state, flooding has become an immediate concern.  If you are subject to flooding, here are some tips to follow:

Immediate Emergency Procedures for FLOOD

The peril of flood is somewhat selective in that it occurs in low lying areas and in the general area of streams, rivers and lakes.  These bodies of water can be found throughout Oklahoma, and during period of heavy precipitation, water levels can rise suddenly.  If property is within flood prone areas, you should:

1. Maintain an awareness of weather conditions, rainfall amounts and monitor the level of bodies of water in your general vicinity.

2. Keep sandbags or other materials on hand, which can be used to stem the flow of flood waters.

3. If water enters the building, electrical power should be cut off at the main breaker to eliminate the possibility of electrical shock.

If traveling in flood prone areas:

1. Strictly obey all traffic laws with particular attention to speed limits in order to prevent hydroplaning.

2. Do not drive a vehicle into standing water where the depth of that water is unknown.

3. Never drive a vehicle into moving water that is flowing over a roadway regardless of the depth.

4. Always call local authorities for road condition reports before traveling during a flood event.  Local road conditions can be obtained from the Highway Patrol, the local Sheriff's Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

Be aware and be safe.

Kathleen Hattensty
Director of Business Development

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