The Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers provide Philadelphia with shipping ports, tourism and some beautiful waterfront areas, but they can easily become dangerous during heavy storms. Below are some steps to follow to stay safe (and, hopefully, dry) during a Philadelphia flood.
1. Watch for flood warnings
2. Check storm drains
Take a look at storm drains in your backyard or on the street to make sure they aren't clogged and are draining properly. Clear any blockage-causing debris.
3. Avoid flooded areas
4. Report danger
Call 911 for emergencies. Or, if you see someone who you think is homeless and needs shelter during a weather emergency, call the outreach hotline at 215-232-1984.
5. Stay safe
If you're in a flooded area, move to higher ground and evacuate your home if necessary. The City of Philadelphia usually sets up shelters during periods of heavy flooding; information about shelters can be found on the Office of Emergency Management's website.