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.
- 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