BEFORE A FLOOD
Take steps to protect your home, family, and financial security throughout the year, and take extra precautions when flooding is predicted in your area.
- Monitor your surroundings.
- Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, local television and radio stations.
If a flash flood warning is issued for your area: Climb to safety immediately.
- Flash floods develop quickly. Do not wait until you see rising water.
- Get out of low areas subject to flooding.
- If driving, do not drive through flooded roadways!
Assemble disaster supplies:
- Drinking water – Fill clean containers.
- Food that requires no refrigeration or cooking.
- Medications and first aid supplies.
- Clothing, toiletries.
- Battery-powered radio.
- Extra batteries.
- Important documents: insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers.
Be prepared to evacuate.
- Identify places to go.
- Identify alternative travel routes that are not prone to flooding.
- Plan what to do with your pets.
- Fill your car’s gas tank.
- If told to leave, do so quickly.
Review your Family Disaster Plan.
- Discuss flood plans with your family.
- Decide where you will meet if separated.
- Designate a contact person who can be reached if family members get separated. Make sure every family member has the contact information.
Protect your property.
- Move valuables and furniture to higher levels.
- Move hazardous materials (such as paint, oil, pesticides, and cleaning supplies) to higher locations.
- Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch them if you are wet or standing in water.
- Bring outside possessions indoors or tie them down securely. This includes lawn furniture, garbage cans, and other movable objects.
- Seal vents to basements to prevent flooding.