KBR Safety Information Sheet
While we needn't get hysterical about El Niņo, we should be aware of its possible impacts and plan accordingly.
Prepare emergency provisions. Since electric power may be affected, store up plenty of flashlight batteries and if you are on a well or booster pump, store several gallons of bottled water. Also store some "long life" non- refrigerated provisions. Localized flooding, mud slides and downed trees may prevent you from moving about the community by automobile until local public works and emergency services workers can mobilize and get roadways cleared.
If your home is subject to seepage problems during heavy rains, it would be wise to consider purchasing a portable electric submersible pump to which a garden hose can be attached. Around 1000 gallons per hour capacity should be adequate supplied by a durable, water resistant extension cord. These pumps tend to get hard to find once the rains get heavy!
If your property is low lying or is impacted by high runoff volumes, know where to find sandbags and other emergency provisions. Check with local emergency service agencies before you have an emergency and know where to tune for emergency broadcasts and official information.
Thus, while most public agencies will do the best that they can to help you, you do need to think about being as self-sufficient as you can.
Calling for HelpKnow the non-emergency number to use to reach your local public safety communications center. If you have a storm related problem and it is not a life threatening emergency or fire, you should use the dispatch center's non-emergency line.
If the dispatch center is inundated with calls and you can't get through, try reaching the business office of your local fire or police services. During emergency conditions most agencies will try to keep the phones staffed as best they can.
If you suspect a serious property threat or life safety problem, go ahead and dial 9-1-1 (or your local emergency number if 9-1-1 is not active in your area.)
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