It’s important that you:
- Know the terms to help identify a flood and weather related hazards.
- Don’t walk or drive through a flooded area. Just six inches of moving water can knock you down. Two feet of water can move a car. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else during a flood.
- Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is often a major cause of death in floods.
- Know at least two evacuation routes out of your neighborhood.
- Always listen to the instructions given by emergency management officials If you’re told to evacuate – go immediately! Although a dam failure is very unlikely, it is always best to be prepared. In the event of a dam failure, move to high ground away from river basins, and listen for emergency information through one of Oxnard’s local emergency alert radio stations (page 3) or VC Alert (page 4).
Helpful web sites: National Weather Service Forecast Office Oxnard – www.weather.gov/losangeles