Before the Flood
- Know the elevation of your property in relation to flood plains, streams and other waterways. Determine if your property may be flooded.
- Make advance plans of what to do and where to go.
- Store food and water and critical medical supplies (prescriptions, insulin, etc.)
- Fill your car with gas in case you must evacuate.
- Move furniture and essential items to higher elevation if time permits.
- Have a portable radio and flashlights with extra batteries.
- Open basement windows to equalize water pressure on foundations and walls.
- Secure house.
- Consider flood and earthquake insurance.
After the Flood
- Listen to local radio or TV for weather information.
- If you are asked to evacuate, shut off main power switch, main gas valve and water valve. Follow local evacuation plan and routes.
- Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road, as it might be washed out. While you are on the road, watch for possible flooding at bridges, dips and low areas.
- Watch for damaged roads, slides and fallen wires.
- Drive slowly in water; use low gears.
- If driving and vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground.
- Do not attempt to cross a stream on foot where water is above your knees.
- Register at your designated Evacuation Center and remain at the Evacuation Center until informed that you may leave.
Other Emergency Procedures
- Remain away from evacuated area until the public health officials and building inspector have given approval.
- Check for structural damage before entering.
- Make sure electricity is off; watch for electrical wires.
- Do not use an open flame as a light source because of possibility of escaping gas. Use flashlights. Beware of dangerous sparks.
- Do not use food that has been contaminated by flood water.
- Test water for potability.
- NOTE: Your Evacuation Center location will be given to you by your Neighborhood Coordinator.