Monsoon season safety, are you prepared?
According to the National Weather Service, the word monsoon itself comes from the Arabic word “mausim,” which translates to season. Arizona’s Monsoon season officially brings on June 15, bringing with it the daily potential for high winds, lightning, and heavy bursts of rain. These storms can be very powerful, tossing debris around, down trees, power lines and cause flash flooding to occur. The Bullhead City Fire Department would like to remind citizens to prepare and have a plan in place before these storms arrive. Surprisingly more deaths occur each year due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm-related hazard. Knowing what to do in an emergency is key to staying safe.
- Have extra supplies, including a fully charged cell phone, drinking water, and an emergency kit in case you experience an extended highway closure.
- When in doubt, wait it out! If you see a dust storm or heavy rain ahead, safety officials urge drivers to exit and wait for the storm to move through the area. If you pull off the road, get as far to the right as possible. Turn off the car and headlights, and set the parking brake. Keep your foot off the brake pedal – other drivers may think you’re a car in motion.
- Never drive into a flooded roadway or around barricades. Water is a powerful force that should not be underestimated, and the depth is very easy to misjudge. The road itself may be damaged underneath. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers. It only takes about 1 or 2 feet of water to float most vehicles.
When a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued, outdoor activities should be postponed as this is your best way to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation.