Making a Plan
Tips that help prepare you for flooding conditions.
Steps to take to stay safe before and after a flood occurs.
Learn what a “Flood Warning” is and what actions to take.
Learn what a “Flood Watch” is and what actions to take.
Making a Plan
Make a game plan to be better prepared during flooding conditions.
Know your Risk
Make a flood emergency plan
When it is not flooding take time to make a flood emergency plan to keep you and your family safe. Learn how here.
Turn on your radio or television and listen in order to receive severe weather and flooding instructions and information.
Emergency preparedness kit
Create an emergency preparedness kit for you and your family for when severe weather and flooding occur. Learn how here.
Consider buying flood insurance
Buying flood insurance is a way to ensure that your home and belongings are protected in the case of a flood. Flood Insurance Information.
Flood Safety Tips
Use these tips in order to stay safe in flooding conditions.
If levee failure is imminent:
Follow all of the evacuation orders and instructions issued by local authorities.
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters
Only 6 inches of moving water is needed to knock you down and 2 feet of moving water to sweep a car away.
If there is a chance of flash flooding
Move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving
Abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
Avoid camping or parking along:
Streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
“Be aware!” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.
Steps to Take During a Flood Watch:
1. Turn on your radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
2. Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
3. Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
Preparing your Home
1. Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
2. Disconnect electrical appliance and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
3. If Instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.
“Take Action!” Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.
Steps to Take:
1. Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
2. Evacuate if directed.
3. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.