Get Prepared

Learn About Floods

The more you know, the better prepared you will be if a flood occurs.

  • Know the terms: warnings and advisories.
  • Know the alert signals: how the alarm sounds and what the standards are for alerting the community.

WHN TIP – Ask Now. Call your city hall or mayor’s office and when the alarm will be sounded.

For more tips and information, visit our Flood – Resources section.

Create an Emergency Evacuation Plan

  1. In the event of rising waters, you’ll need to exit your home in a hurry.
    • Designate a place for the family to meet outside the neighborhood. Make sure all family members know the address and phone number.
  2. Plan in advance where to go if you are asked to evacuate your home. Take some time to really think about it; consider more than one option such as a relative’s home, a hotel, or a shelter.
  3. Know where emergency shelters are located. Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross for information on designated public shelters.
  4. Know the emergency response plan for your workplace, your children’s school or child care center, as well as other places where your family spends time (i.e. church, gym, rec center).
  5. Learn safe routes to higher ground. You may need to drive 20 to 50 miles to locate a safe place. Remember to map more than one route, in case bridges are out or roads are blocked.

Prepare for What Can Happen

  • Keep your car’s gas tank full since during emergencies, filling stations may be closed.

WHN TIP – Don’t Store It! Never store extra fuel in the garage – this could be dangerous.

  • Prepare a readily available and fully stocked Home Disaster Preparedness Kit and Car Emergency Kit.
  • Keep at least $100 on hand in cash, in case ATMs or credit card machines are down after the flood.
  • Update your contact list then print it out, in case you can’t get it on your phone or online.

WHN TIP – Out of State: Ask an out-of-state friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance.

  • Create a neighborhood preparedness plan within your neighborhood. Make a note of neighbors or nearby relatives who may require extra assistance.
  • Do a drill to make sure everyone knows what to do and where to go.
  • Know the essential how-tos:
    • How to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main valves or switches.
    • How to do CPR, help someone who is choking and do first aid for severe bleeding and shock.
  • Update your home inventory now – just in case.

WHN TIP – Get Training. Consider enrolling yourself and/or family members in first aid and emergency preparedness courses such as those offered by the Red Cross.


Thank You …

A special thank you to the first responders, emergency workers, government officials, lawyers, insurance agents and people who gave us their time, insight and real-life advice.