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April 29, 2011

State urges citizens to prepare in case of flooding

State and local officials are still monitoring the situation for potential flooding in West Tennessee.

If you live in county that is at risk for potential flooding, there are certain things you can do beforehand to prepare yourself for that eventuality.

A. Stay calm. Evacuation can work properly and reduce your risk only if you act safely and calmly.

B. Gather items to take with you that you or your family might need, such as any special medication, toilet articles, special diet food, blankets and pillows, checkbook, credit cards, important papers and a change of clothing.

C. For pet owners, make sure you have all vaccination records, contact information on pet and carrier and any medications. Owners can also use luggage tags to attach to carriers for pet identification.

D. If you are asked to evacuate the area, lock your home securely and tie a white cloth or towel on your front door to indicate to emergency officials that you have gone.

E. Time will be important, but drive safely. If you do not have transportation, try to ride with a neighbor or call 9-1-1.

Again, the situation is being closely monitored by State and local officials.

Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, or other news source, for vital weather related information and heed all warnings.

Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

If you are having a life-safety emergency, you should always call 9-1-1.