Flood Safety Information
For additional information to help prepare for a flood, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
FLOODS: Keeping You and Your Family Safe
Expect the need to evacuate and prepare for it. When a flood watch is issued, you should:
- Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and make sure the emergency kit for your car is ready.
- If no vehicle is available, make arrangements with friends or family for transportation.
- Identify essential documents such as medical records and insurance cards (along with ID cards) and put them in a waterproof container to carry with you during evacuation.
- Fill your clean water containers.
- If you have a pet, identify a shelter designated for pets. Due to food and sanitation requirements, emergency shelters cannot accept animals.
- Put livestock in a safe area.
- Review your emergency plans and supplies, checking to see if any items are missing.
- Tune in to the radio or television for weather updates.
- Listen for disaster sirens and warning signals.
- Adjust the thermostat on refrigerators and freezers to the coolest possible temperature.
If You Are Ordered to Evacuate
Never ignore an evacuation order. Authorities will direct you to leave if you are in a low-lying area, or within the greatest potential path of the rising waters. If a flood warning is issued for your area or you are directed by authorities to evacuate the area:
- Take only essential items with you.
- If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
- Disconnect appliances to prevent electrical shock when power is restored.
- Follow the designated evacuation routes. Expect heavy traffic.
- Do NOT attempt to drive or walk across creeks or flooded roads.
If You Are Ordered NOT to Evacuate
To get through the storm in the safest possible manner:
- Monitor the radio or television for weather updates.
- Prepare to evacuate to a shelter or to a relative or neighbor’s home if your home is damaged, or if you are instructed to do so by emergency personnel.