Flood Preparedness & Safety
How to Prepare
- Consider flood insurance (activation takes 30+ days)
- Have a battery backup for sump pumps
- Move basement items to a safe location
- Have an evacuation plan (where will you go?)
- Have a plan for your pets
- Have your medications clothes, important papers, and other essential items prepared in the event of a flood
- Create an emergency contact list
- Sign up for CodeRED
In the Event of a Flood
- Check in on neighbors that are elderly or may need extra assistance
- Stay informed
- Listen to the radio and televison, including NOAA Weather Radio if possible and check the internet/social media for information and updates
- Get to Higher Ground
- If you live in a floodplain area and it begins to flood, get to higher ground immediately.
- Obey Evacuation Orders
- If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Lock your home when you leave. If you have time, disconnect utilities and appliances.
- Practice Electrical Safety
- Do not go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises - get out! Stay out of water that may have electricity in it!
- Avoid Flood Waters
- Don’t walk through flood waters. It only takes 6 inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 if possible.
- DO NOT drive into flooded roadways or around barricades; Turn Around and Don’t Drown!
- Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide hazards such as sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals... etc.
- A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in seconds. 12 inches of water can float a car or small SUV, 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.