Friday, February 6, 2015

Flood

Sometimes the weather itself becomes a police problem.  Many parts of the nation are subject to flooding and police are often the first public agency involved.  Upon initial notification of a flood, assess the direction and nature of the water flow.  Is it a water main break, a river overflowing, or is it a dam breaking?

Will evacuation be necessary?  Block off streets, even a few inches of swiftly moving war can knock over a man or sweep away a car.  Check for possible hazardous material or toxic substances getting into the flood waters.  Gasoline stations, tanker trucks, pesticides, waste oil storage call all contaminate water.  Fuels can even catch fire as they float on top of water.  Notify your local fire department and health department if there is a hazardous spill.

Are there people stranded?  Will they need rescue?  A small boat can rescue most people, but police seldom carry those.  Helicopters can pull people off of rooftops, but not everyone can easily get to a roof.  Don't jump into the water to save people in swift water, that's a highly specialized skill; most likely you will just become another victim.  Your local harbor patrol, or fish and game might also be able to help.  Use all your resources; that's what the SGT Says.

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