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.
- Know what to do: what is the right response when a flood watch or warning is issued.
For more tips and information, visit our Flood – Resources section.
Create an Emergency Evacuation Plan
- 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.
- 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.
- Know where emergency shelters are located. Contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross for information on designated public shelters.
- 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).
- 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.