Know What to Expect!

  • Know your area's flood risk - if unsure, call your local Red Cross chapter.
  • If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of flooding.
  • Listen to local radio or TV stations for flood information.
  • 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.
  • 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 Home Flood Plan!

  • Check your homeowner's or renter's insurance to see if it 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 FLOOD
Safety Kit containing:

  • A First Aid Kit.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • Bottled water.
  • Rubber boots and rubber gloves.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Identify where you could go if told to evacuate.
  • Choose several places...a friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.

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.

When a FLOOD WARNING is Issued!

  • Listen to local radio and TV stations for information and advice.
  • If told by authorities to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.

WATCH is Issued!

  • Be alert to signs of flash flooding in your area and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice.

WARNING is Issued!

  • 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.

Are You Ready for a

Prolonged rainfall over several days can cause a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area. A FLASH Flood from a broken dam or levee, or after intense rainfall of one inch (or more) per-hour, often catches people unprepared.

The rule for being safe is simple: head for the high ground and stay away from the water. Even a shallow depth of fast-moving flood water produces more force than most people imagine. The most dangerous thing you can do is to try walking, swimming or driving through swift-moving water.

Preparation for FLOOD Emergencies!

Have various members of the family do each of the items on the checklist below. Then hold a family meeting to discuss and finalize your Home Flood Plan.

Decide where your family would go in case you must evacuate. Clear your plan with the relatives or friends you plan to stay with - or go to a Red Cross shelter. Also, get an extra map and mark two alternate ways to reach your chosen destination options. Add the map to your Flood Safety Kit.

Determine Whether You're in a FLOOD Area!

If in a flood area, is flooding covered under your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy?

Flood area: YES [____] NO [____]

Do you have Flood insurance?

Flood insurance: YES [____] NO [____]

If flooding is not covered under your homeowner's or renter's policy, flood insurance is available from:

[_________________] (Company)

Keep current copies of all important papers or valuables in a waterproof safe-deposit box!

Location of safe-deposit box: [_________________]

Put together a Flood Safety Kit in a clearly-labeled, easy-to-grab box or bag!

Location of Flood Safety Kit: [_________________] (Location in House)

Write instructions for how, and when, to turn off your utilities - Electricity, Gas and Water.

Instructions written on: [_________________] (Date)

Determine where your family would go if you have to evacuate.

  • Clear your plan with the relatives or friends you plan to stay with - or go to a Red Cross shelter.
  • Get an extra map and mark two alternate ways to reach that destination. Add the map to your Flood Safety Kit.

    Evacuation Plan Completed on: [_________________]

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