‘Turn around, don’t drown’: Red Cross provides floodwater safety tips as Tropical Depression Fred moves closer to our region

Safety in the Storm

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Heavy storms and flooding are expected to hit our viewing area this week.

WFXR News spoke with the Red Cross Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Chapter, Michelle Dowdy, on how you can stay prepared.

“The most important thing is to be informed, and that your number one priority should be having access to a charged phone or radio…You don’t want to mess with heavy storms, to begin with,” Dowdy said. “We never know what comes out of them.”

Secondly, she says to be ready to stay inside with your emergency preparedness essentials.

“If you have medications or your children’s, or you have babies or anything like that, you need to make sure there’s at least a three-day supply for your family,” Dowdy explained.

Three things the American Red Cross recommends keeping are a first aid kit, flashlight, and a fully charged phone. If you do need to hit the road, make sure to bring an umbrella, rain jacket, extra food, and rain boots.

Dowdy says the biggest problems she sees during floods happen while driving.

“So many people think if you’ve got a big car you can get through some stuff and that seems to be a big issue, so I reiterate it more and more so that you turn around, don’t drown,” said Dowdy.

Dowdy recommends charging your devices and filling your car with gas. Some other basic items include batteries, cash, and contact information for family members.

According to Dowdy, “You can get prepared. We can prepare for these things and if you do find yourself in that situation, be able to call 9-1-1, be able to reach out and have you need.”

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