Sunday, February 25, 2018

Emergency Management

We take the lead role in coordinating the city's responsibility to plan, analyze, conduct and maintain programs to preserve and protect lives and property from major emergencies and disasters of all types. In this capacity, it maintains a current adequate emergency management program for the City of Vicksburg.
If a flood is threatening the City of Vicksburg, the most important thing to do is listen for information and instructions on radio, television newscasts, or NOAA Radio. If there is any possibility of a flash flood occurring, gather your family and emergency supplies and move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.

If you have time, bring outdoor garden equipment and lawn furniture inside or tie it down. Move essential items to the upper floors of your house. If instructed, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves. Disconnect electrical appliances, but do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

Do not stack sandbags against the outside walls of your house. Water suddenly seeping downward can create pressure, causing your basement to "float" out of the ground. In fact, when deep flooding is likely, permit the flood waters to flow freely into the basement of your home (or flood the basement yourself with clean water, if you are sure it will be flooded anyway). This will avoid structural damage to the foundation and the house by equalizing the water pressure on the outside of the basement walls and floors.

When evacuating, follow instructions as to where to go and the routes you should take. Be sure that your car is fueled and you have emergency supplies with you. If you have time, tell others where you are going. Leave immediately to avoid being marooned by flooded roads and fallen trees, especially if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas. Stay away from flood waters, which can be contaminated. Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. If you must walk in a flooded area, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.

Do not drive into flooded areas. If flood waters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground, if you can do so safely. You and your vehicle can be quickly swept away as flood waters rise. In all cases, listen to the radio or television for information about the flood and what you should do. For more information about floods and what to do when they occur, please call the City of Vicksburg's Building & Inspection Department at (601)634-4528.
Preparation for a flood is the best method for minimizing injury or damage. There will be little time to move to protected areas once a flood is in the immediate vicinity. Follow these important steps to prepare yourself and your family for a flood:

Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when flood levels are forecasted. Identify dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you. Find out how to protect your home from flooding.

Purchase a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio with a battery backup and tone-alert feature. A NOAA (pronounced "Noah") radio will automatically alert you when a Flood Watch or Warning has been issued. Also purchase a battery-powered commercial radio and extra batteries as well.

When skies are threatening or a flood watch has been issued for City of Vicksburg, listen to NOAA radio, local radio, or television newscasts for the latest information and special instructions from local officials.

Learn community flood evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate. Keep your car fueled and in good condition in case evacuation is required.

Talk to your family about flooding. Plan a place to meet your family in case you are separated. Determine the needs of family members or neighbors who may need your help during a flood. Choose an out-of-state contact for everyone to call to say they are okay.

Gather emergency supplies and have them on hand in case a flood approaches. Keep tools, flashlights, a portable radio, batteries, a First Aid kit, fresh water, and non-perishable foods handy. Know how to shut off utilities. Know where gas pilots, water mains, and circuit breakers are located and how the heating and air-conditioning system works.

Consider purchasing flood insurance. FLOOD LOSSES ARE NOT COVERED UNDER HOMEOWNER'S INSURANCE POLICIES. Flood insurance is available in most communities from the National Flood Insurance Program. There is usually a thirty (30) day waiting period before it takes effect. Flood insurance is available whether the building is in or out of the identified flood-prone area.
For more information about floods and how to prepare for them, please call the City of Vicksburg's Building & Inspection Department at (601)634-4528.
During disasters and emergency relief efforts, citizens from around the country will want to help the victims. If you are interested in helping, please follow these guidelines to ensure you are providing the most effective support you can:

If you want to volunteer your services in the immediate aftermath of disaster, listen to local news reports for information about when and where volunteers are needed. Bring your own food, water and emergency supplies, especially when a large area has been affected and emergency items are in short supply. Until volunteers are specifically requested, stay away from disaster areas.

Do not drop off food, clothing, or any other item to a government agency or disaster relief organization unless that item has been requested. Normally these organizations do not have the resources to sort through the donated items. If your company wants to donate emergency supplies, donate a large quantity of a given item rather than many different items.

If you wish, you can give a donation to a recognized disaster relief organization. These groups are organized to process checks, purchase what is needed, and get it to the people who need it most. All of your donations will go towards the disaster relief; disaster relief organizations normally raise money for overhead costs through separate fund drives.

For more information on emergency relief and disaster recovery, please call the local chapter of the American Red Cross, at (601)636-9182.
After a flood, danger and injury are still possibilities. It is extremely important to keep the following information and safety standards in mind:

If you evacuated the community or are in a safe location, stay where you are until local authorities say that it is safe to leave. Stay tuned to local radio or television stations for information such as caring for your family, finding medical help, or applying for financial assistance.

Talk with your children about what has happened and how they can help during the recovery. Being involved will help them deal with the situation. Consider the needs of your neighbors.

Stay away from disaster areas unless local authorities request volunteers. If you are needed, bring your own drinking water, food, and sleeping gear. Another way to help is to donate money to a recognized disaster relief organization. Do not donate food, clothing, or other personal items unless they are specifically requested.

Stay away from flood waters, river banks, and streams. The water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. The water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines. Stay away from moving water. Moving water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Be aware of areas where flood waters have receded.

Drive only when necessary and be especially careful. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car. Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.

Consider your family's health and safety needs. Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water if you come in contact with flood waters. Throw away food that has come in contact with flood waters. Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.

Contact your insurance agent. If your policy covers your situation, an adjuster will be assigned to visit your home. Take photos or videotape of the damage. Separate damaged and undamaged belongings. Locate your financial records. Keep detailed records of cleanup costs. An adjuster will be assigned to visit your home.

Check your home for structural damage before entering. If you have any doubts about safety, have your home inspected by a professional before entering. Wear sturdy shoes in areas covered with fallen debris and broken glass.

Do not turn on the electricity until the circuits have been checked by a qualified electrician. Moisture may still be trapped within electrical boxes, receptacles, motors and switches. Use flashlights when inspecting the house.

Cover broken windows or holes in the roof to prevent further damage. Dry wooden furniture out of direct sunlight. Remove debris before it has a chance to dry.

Flooded basements should be drained and cleared after flood waters have subsided. Pump water out of basements slowly, at a rate of 1/3 of the water per day, to avoid wall failures and permanent structural damage.

For more information about floods and how to recover from them, please call the City of Vicksburg Building & Inspection Department at (601)634-4528, or the Vicksburg Warren County Emergency Management Agency, at (601)636-1544.
Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural hazards. Some floods develop over a period of days, but flash floods can result in raging waters in just a few minutes. Flash floods carry a deadly cargo of rocks, mud, and other debris and can occur without any visible sign of rainfall. Mudslides are another danger created by flooding. Be aware of flood hazards, especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water, or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, or dry streambeds that appear harmless in dry weather can flood. Every region of every state is at risk from the hazards of flooding.

It is important to know the terms used to describe flooding. They are:
Flood Watch - meteorological conditions make flooding likely. Stay tuned to radio or television reports.
Flood Warning - Flooding is occurring or will occur soon. Seek higher ground.
Flash Flood Watch - meteorological conditions make flash flooding likely without any warning.
Flash Flood Warning - A flash flood is occurring. Seek higher ground on foot immediately.
Urban and Small Stream Advisory - flooding of small streams, streets, and low-lying areas is occurring.

For more information about floods and their likelihood in the City of Vicksburg, call the City of Vicksburg Building and Inspections Department at (601)634-4528 or the Vicksburg Warren Emergency Management Agency at (601)636-1544.

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