Flood Preparedness



Know What to Expect

Know your area's flood risk.  The following website will help you locate your area's official Flood Zone Map: Federal FEMA Info Portal.   If you cannot access your area's flooding hazard map you can call your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, or planning and zoning department. If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood. Please keep in mind that the information presented here are only general guidelines. For medical information, consult a physician or take a first aid class.

  • Tune in and listen to local radio or TV stations for flood information.
Reduce Potential Flood Damage By--
  • Sandbagging or raising your furnace, water heater, and electric panel above the potential level of flooding if they are in areas of your home that may be flooded. Protecting it from immersion or in flood waters is your goal. If you live in a flood prone area you may consider permanently raising the above items to prevent then from incurring flood damage.
  • Consult with a professional for further information if this and other damage reduction measures can be taken.

Floods Can Take Several Hours or Days to Develop

  • A flood WATCH means a flood is possible in your area.
  • A flood WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
  • In the event you must leave your home to avoid being caught in the flood waters, do not cross any water flowing across a roadway as the roadbed may have deteriorated or the current may be to strong to drive through endangering yourself and your passengers.

Flash Floods Can Take Only a Few Minutes to a Few Hours to Develop

  • A flash flood WATCH means flash flooding is possible in your area.
  • A flash flood WARNING means a flash flood is occurring or will occur very soon.
Prepare a Family Disaster Plan
  • Check to see if you have insurance that covers flooding. If not, find out how to get flood insurance.
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box.
Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit Containing--First aid kit and essential medications.
  • MRE's, emergency rations, or canned food (and can opener) (See our Store or visit our web partner sites as this is a great resource for these items)
  • At least three gallons of water per person per day (recommended but not life threatening if you have less, any water is better than none)
  • Protective clothing, rainwear, underwear, socks and bedding or sleeping bags
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)
  • Identify well ahead of time where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places . . . a friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter. Ensure your family members also have a list of your possible evacuation sites for contact in the event you do have to evacuate.

When A Flood WATCH Is Issued

  • Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
  • Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
  • Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice.

When A Flood WARNING Is Issued .

  • Listen to local radio and TV stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.
  • Or if you think it has already started, evacuate immediately. You may have only seconds to escape. Act quickly!
  • Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades . . . they are there for your safety.
  • If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.