What to do When a Flood is Expected in Your Area

Is flooding imminent in your area? Here are a few personal safety and property preparedness tips to keep you and your family safe should a flood occur.

Listen to your local news and emergency officials regularly for updates on the situation. Sometimes flooding can happen quickly, however, you can always find the latest forecasts and hazardous weather conditions at www.weather.gov and water.weather.gov.

In addition, some smart phones are able to receive Flash Flood Warning alerts via the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. Visit www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/wea.html for more information.  You also can learn more about common types of flooding and what flood warnings mean on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website.

While taking personal safety precautions take time to develop a family emergency plan and assemble a family emergency kit to keep your family safe and make a bad situation a little more tolerable.

Use the checklist below to reduce property damage to your home:

  • Clear drains, gutters and downspouts of debris.
  • Move furniture and electronics off the floor, particularly in basements and on first floor levels.
  • Roll up area rugs, where possible, and store them on higher floors or elevations. This will reduce the chances of rugs getting wet and growing mold.
  • Inspect sump pumps and drains to ensure proper operation. If a sump pump has a battery backup, make sure the batteries are fresh or replace the batteries.
  • Shut off electrical service at the main breaker if the electrical system and outlets will be under water.
  • Place all appliances, including stove, washer and dryer on masonry blocks or concrete at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation.