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Flood Safety

How to Prepare for the Storm is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies like flooding. Visit their website for more information on how to prepare for flooding and how to be safe during and after the flood event.

Quick and Easy Flood Safety tips:

  1. Avoid walking or driving through flood water. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock a person down and only one foot of water to carry any vehicle away
  2. Move to higher ground, especially in any instance where there is or there is a chance of a flash flood 
  3. Avoid camping or parking next to a body of water during heavy rainfall


Difference Between Flood Watch and a Flood Warning:

  • Flood watch: Just a precaution.  This means that the conditions are favorable for flooding to occur in the area. 
  • Flood Warning: Take immediate action.  This means that flooding is already occuring in the area, or if it hasn't, then it will in a short period of time.

What To Do

Before a Flood:

  • Be alert
  • Gather and assemble any supplies
  • Be prepared to evacuate
  • Review a family disaster plan
  • Protect your property

During a Flood:

  • Be alert at all times
  • Don't drive unless you absolutely have to
  • Get to high ground
  • Evacuate immediately, unless told otherwise
  • Do not walk or swim through running water
  • Shut off electricity and circuit breakers in your home

After a Flood:

  • You should only return to area/home after authorities say it is safe
  • Be very cautious around areas where flood waters have receded. There could be debris and erosion
  • Do not attempt to drive or walk through areas that are still flooded
  • Avoid any standing waters. There may be electric currents due to fallen power lines or it may be electrically charged from underground
  • Photograph any damage to your property for insurance purposes