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Be Prepared – Steps to Take

  • Turn on your local TV station and/or radio and listen for weather alerts and updates.
  • Download a Weather App to receive the latest weather alerts and emergency instructions.
  • Know your surroundings and know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly to avoid being caught in a flood.
  • Grab your emergency kit.

Flood Watch/Warning – Prepare Your Home or Apartment

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and secure outdoor garbage cans, grills, and other items that could become a hazard in floodwater.
  • Move important documentation and valuables to the highest level of your home and/or place important documents in ziplock bags or airtight containers. This will help protect them from flood damage.
  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
  • If instructed to do so, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.
  • Prepare your pets and children for a potential evacuation. Pack/gather needed supplies and place them near the door in case you have to leave.

Flood Evacuation

  • If there is a chance of flooding where you are, immediately move to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • Evacuate if directed to do so by officials. Take pets with you.
  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. Take alternate routes that keep you out of the floodwater. 
    • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look for downed power lines or underground utilities. Avoid standing in floodwater when underground power or downed power lines are present. You can be electrocuted.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Terms to Know

  • Flood Watch – “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.
  • Flood Warning – “Take Action!” Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

Last updated: 2/2/2021