- Learn the fastest escape routes to higher ground from home, work, and school.
- Keep valuables and copies of important papers in plastic tubs, a safe-deposit box, or move them to a family member’s home in a safer location.
- Move valuables up to the next floor.
- Prepare inside your house.
- Install a slice valve to shutoff your entire house from the city sewage system, or purchase supplies to seal the drains in your house.
- Remove furnace motor control units.
- Remove water heater control and burner.
- Protect machinery with grease.
- Prepare outside your house.
- Attach extensions to down spouts to direct water.
- Secure outdoor objects.
- Board up windows, vents, and doors.
- Open basement windows to equalize water pressure on foundations and walls.
- Use polyethylene-covered planking on the outside of the foundation.
- Sandbag away from house walls.
- Prepare to evacuate.
- Fill your car with gas.
- Shut off the electricity, gas, and water main if instructed.
- Evacuate or go to the top floor. Bring a 72-hour kit and water with you.
- Listen to local radio or TV for information.
A flood WATCH means flash flooding is possible in your area.
A flood WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon.
- Stay away from natural streambeds. Beware of flash floods.
- If driving, do not cross where water is above the car axles. Drive slowly and use low gear.
- Watch for damaged roads, slides, and fallen wires.
- If the car stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.
- If walking, do not cross where water is above your knees.
- Wear heavy shoes and gloves.
- Do not step into water unless the electricity is turned off.
- Check for downed utility lines, structural damage, and chemical spills.
- Do not use an open flame in case of escaping gas.
- Watch for snakes.
- Do not eat or drink anything touched by floodwater.
- Have wells tested for contamination.