Prepare for Flood

o   Know the types of flood risks for your area.

o   If flash flooding is a risk for your location, watch for potential signs such as heavy rain.

o   Lean and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.

o   Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy.

o   Keep important documents in a waterproof container.

o   Protect your property:  move valuables to higher levels, declutter drains and gutters, install check valves, consider a battery-powered sump pump.

During a Flood

o   If you are under a flood warning, find safe shelter right away.

o   Evacuate if told to do so.

o   Move to higher ground or a higher floor.

o   Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.  Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

o   Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.

o   If your vehicle is trapped in fast-moving water, say inside.  If water is rising inside the vehicle, see refuge on the roof.

o   If trapped in a building, go to the highest level.  Do not climb into a closed attic, you may become trapper by rising floodwater.  Go to the roof only if necessary.  Once there, signal for help.


After a Flood

o   Return home only when authorities say it is safe.

o   Avoid driving in flooded areas, except in emergencies.

o   Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.

o   Be aware of the risks for electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.  If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.

o   Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.

o   Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away form windows.