Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather hazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous floodwater. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near floodwaters.
“People underestimate the force and power of water,” explains Jane Sennett, D.O., medical director of eMedical Urgent Care. “Too many people ignore barriers and walk or drive into flooded roadways and walkways.”
eMedical Urgent Care encourages residents to be safe and follow The National Weather Service’s warning message, “Turn Around, Don't Drown®.”
Follow these safety rules:
• If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Stay away from flood-prone areas, including dips, low spots, valleys and ditches.
• Avoid flooded areas or those with rapid water flow. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast-flowing water to sweep you off your feet.
• Don’t allow children to play near high water, storm drains or ditches. Hidden dangers could lie beneath the water.
• Flooded roads could have significant damage hidden by floodwaters. NEVER drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Most vehicles can float away in only two feet of water.
• Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washouts, particularly when threatening conditions exist.
• Be especially cautious when driving at night, as it’s harder to recognize flood dangers.
• Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or your local media for vital weather-related information.
More information on flood safety is available through the National Weather Service, noaa.gov/floods or the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes.
eMedical Urgent Care provides complete immediate medical care, lab services, X-rays and more, delivered by board-certified emergency physicians, family physicians and internists working with highly trained nurses, radiology techs and medical assistants. Its state-of-the-art electronic medical record system means a patient’s treatment information can easily be sent to his or her primary doctor for follow-up care.
Our physicians diagnose and treat a variety of urgent conditions, including colds, coughs and sore throats; ear infections; nausea and vomiting; allergies and rashes; urinary tract infections; sprains and strains; cuts and fractures. And, when patients require additional care, physicians can provide referrals to specialists, such as primary care physicians, orthopedists, allergists and ophthalmologists.
Located in Berkeley Heights and Middletown, N.J. eMedical Urgent Care is open seven days a week, including evenings, weekends and holidays. Patients are seen on a walk-in basis without appointment, or may schedule an appointment online by visiting www.emedicalurgentcare.com.