Red Cross reminds people to be prepared for any emergency.
The National Weather Service in Sterling, Va. has issued a Floodwatch for the Potomac River at Point of Rocks, Md. from Thursday afternoon into Friday morning. The agency says the River could reach flood stage, which is 16-feet, by Thursday afternoon. It also forecasts minor flooding.
The American Red Cross Chesapeake Region is taking this opportunity to remind citizens to always be ready for any type of disaster. "With a flood warning, you need to be able to evacuate at a moment's notice. So have a plan ahead of time about where you're going to go, whether it's a family member's house or a friend's house, so you're not scrambling at the last minute," says spokesman Doug Lent.
He also have "go kit" with items such as medications, and copies of the deed to your house, your insurance policies, and birth certificates in case you have to leave quickly. In addition, have an emergeny kit with non-perishable food and bottled water.
"These situations can change very quickly, and even though you may think you'll just be out overnight, you could be gone for a few days," Lent says. "You never want to go back into a house after flooding until the authorities give the all clear because power lines could be down, and there could be gas leaks. You need to use caution until the authorities say it's okay to go back."
Right now, the National Weather Service has issued a Floodwatch for the Potomac River at Point of Rocks, and is forecasting minor flooding. But if that "watch" is upgraded to a "warning," Lent says the Red Cross will be there, working with local officicals to help those who had to flee their homes due to rising water.