Flood Disaster Preparedness

Before a flood

  • Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Avoid building in floodplains unless the structure is elevated and reinforced.
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel.
  • Consider installing “check valves” to prevent floodwater backups.
  • Construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.

Prepare your home

If flooding is predicted in your area, make your safety a priority. If it is safe to do, prepare your property for potential flooding:  

  • Secure hazardous items in your home, like paint, cleaners, oils, batteries, and pesticides.
  • Roll up rugs, move furniture, electrical items and valuables to a higher level if possible.
  • Place important personal documents, valuables, and vital medical supplies in a waterproof case in an accessible location.
  • If you are evacuating your home, please take your pets with you if possible.

Driving tips

  • Six inches of water will stall or cause control issues in most passenger vehicles.
  • A foot of water will float many passenger vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most passenger vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.
  • Never attempt to drive through a flooded road. Depth is not always obvious and the roadbed may be washed away under the surface.
  • Do not drive around barricades.
  • Stick to designated evacuation routes and do not try to take short cuts..
  • Avoid driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

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