The American Red Cross recommends the following, as Arizona is in monsoon/severe thunderstorm season:
•Turn around, don’t drown! If you must drive and you encounter a flooded roadway, 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.
•Tune in to your local radio, NOAA radio or news channels for the latest updates.
•If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate quickly.
•Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until officials say it is safe.
•If power lines are down, do not step in puddles or standing water.
•If power is out, use a flashlight. Do not use any open flame as alternate lighting.
•Put together an emergency kit.
•Know your community’s evacuation plan.
•Create a household disaster plan and practice it.
•Purchase a battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
•Discuss thunderstorm safety with members of your household. Be aware that a thunderstorm could produce flooding.
•Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be a place where there are no windows, skylights or glass doors, which could be broken by strong winds or hail and cause damage or injury.
Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to access real-time information about the storm, shelter locations and safety tips.
The Emergency App is available in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.