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480 East Ave. N.
Ketchum, ID  83340
Ph: 208.726.3841
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Posted on: March 15, 2017

Red Cross of Greater Idaho Standby Shelter

Flooding can happen almost anywhere. Red Cross of Greater Idaho is ready to respond to weather events impacting the need for assistance. A shelter is on standby in the Blaine County area and Red Cross disaster relief workers are poised to help.

Flood preparedness information:

  • Create and practice a Disaster Plan: Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a flood occurs. Decide where you would meet and who you would contact in case of flooding. Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit (see below). Be prepared to evacuate your family and pets at a moment’s notice. 
  • Assemble a Flood Preparedness Kit: You’ll be better prepared to withstand a flood if you have the following items packed and ready to go in case you need to evacuate your home:
  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food - at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  •  Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat, gloves  and sturdy shoes or boots
  • Rain gear
  • Camera for photos of damage 
  • Heed Flood Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information. A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. A food WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground immediately and stay there. 
  • Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle or if you come across a flooded road while driving, stop, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. 
  • Prepare your property: Identify flood risks when snow and ice begin to melt. Safely remove excess snow from your roof using a snow roof rake or hire a contractor. Safely clear drains and gutters, making sure snowmelt flows away from your home. Remember that ground frost or frozen soils prevent snow melt from seeping into the ground, increasing the risk of flooding. Rain can make snow melt more quickly. Remove snow piled against your home. Seal and cracks or gaps in your foundation.

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