Floods

Public Safety

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.
Evacuation
  • 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.
After the Flood
  • 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.
Other Emergency Procedures