September 2015

Flash Flooding – Stay safe

Recently, Scotch Plains and the surrounding area were hit by flash flooding. In addition to being destructive to roads, homes, and businesses, flooding can pose serious health risks.

Many lives are lost every year due to people trying to walk and drive through flooded areas. According to the Red Cross, as little as 6 inches of water can sweep you off your feet, and standing water can also contain chemicals, bacteria, downed wires, and other debris that can cause injury while wading through. In addition, many cars can be swept away by as little as two feet of water. It’s better to find an alternate route and go around the flooded area rather than trying to save time and put your life, and the lives of your passengers and EMS responders, at risk.

If you know you live in a flood prone area, or if water starts to rise around your residence, be ready to evacuate. Gather all necessary medications, and put pets on leashes or in carriers so you can bring them with you. Make sure your family has an evacuation plan set up ahead of time. Advanced preparation saves lives.

If at any time you feel your life is in danger, call 911. Water can rise very quickly, and it’s imperative to act fast.

The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is a volunteer organization of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. With over 90 volunteers, we answer calls not only in Scotch Plains but in surrounding towns as well when needed. Besides answering calls, you will see our ambulances at many special events held in town, such as Scotch Plains Day, the Memorial Day Parade, high school football games, and the summer concerts on the Village Green. We are also available to provide demonstrations for Boys and Girls Scout troops, clubs, and any other group that may be interested in what we do. In addition, we lend out wheelchairs, crutches, canes and other assorted medical equipment free of charge. Please reach out to us if there is something we can do for you. or call (908) 322-2103 for non-emergencies.