Hurricane Safety Tip: How to Rescue Someone Caught in a Flood

The fast current of a flash flood is one of its biggest dangers. But if someone  is trapped by a flash flood— clinging to a tree branch  or perched on the roof of a car—try using that speed to your advantage.

Step One
Tie a rescue rope to a solid object (a tree, for example) to anchor it against the weight of the victim and the flowing water’s immense pressure.

Step Two 
Coil the rescue rope and throw it upstream of the person you’re rescuing, allowing the current to carry the line to the victim. Instruct that person to tie the rope around his or her waist.

Step Three
Once secured to the rope, the victim can leave his or her perch and work toward  the shore.

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