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Chantal Heading to US; Prepare for Heavy Rain, Possible Floods

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If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.

Tropical Storm Chantal is on a path headed toward Florida, and although the storm may be downgraded by the time it arrives in the U.S., it is still expected to bring heavy rains and possible floods to parts of the Southeast.

Now is the time to check your disaster supplies and replace or restock materials as needed. Once the storm arrives, listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Follow these Red Cross tips to prepare for floods:

  • Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
  • When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, 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. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children and pets out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
  • Although the Southern Atlantic Coast is no stranger to tropical storms and hurricanes, a recent survey conducted by the American Red Cross and The Weather Channel showed that some residents (9 percent) have not taken any of a series of recommended readiness actions.

    Among those in Southern Atlantic coastal counties, 73 percent had emergency supplies of water, food and medicine; 68 percent had a small disaster kit; 54 percent had a family plan on how to communicate in an emergency; 40 percent had an established meeting place if family members were separated; and 36 percent had practiced their emergency plan.

    You can get better prepared for hurricane season and other emergencies with help from the Red Cross. An easy way to start is to download any of the Red Cross free disaster-specific mobile apps—particularly the Hurricane and First Aid apps—to get lifesaving preparedness information in the palm of your hand before and during emergencies.

    Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.