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It is crucial to be prepared for a flood and have an emergency plan in place. Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death.

Floods are natural disasters that occur when water overflows from its usual location, such as rivers, lakes, or even oceans. Floods can have a significant impact on humans, animals, and entire communities, causing damage to property, infrastructure, and even loss of life. Floods can happen suddenly, without warning, and can be caused by heavy rainfall, melting snow, storms, or even an overflow of a nearby dam or levee. It is crucial to be prepared for a flood and have an emergency plan in place. Being prepared can mean the difference between life and death, whether it be having a flood kit ready, understanding evacuation routes, or installing flood barriers around homes and businesses. On this page, we will discuss the importance of being prepared for a flood and the reasons why it is vital to take proactive steps to minimize the impact of floods on ourselves and our communities.


What Should You Do
Before a Flood?

Understand Your Flood Risk

    • Learn about the types of flooding that can impact your home and community. Types of flooding include flash floods, river floods, storm surges, coastal floods, burn scars, debris flows, ice/debris jams, snowmelt, dry wash, dam breaks, and levee failures.
    • Reach out to your local office of emergency management for advice.
    • Know your home and community’s flood risk. Visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center and search for your home using your address.

Make Plans to Stay Safe

    • Flash floods can be sudden and violent. You may have little to no warning. Designate a place on higher ground that you can get to quickly. Plan to move to higher ground before flooding begins.
    • River floods: Know if you are in an area that is prone to river floods. Review your evacuation plan so that you can leave quickly if officials advise you to evacuate.
    • Storm surge: Be prepared to evacuate immediately if local officials advise. A storm surge can cause water levels to rise quickly and flood large areas in just minutes.
    • Coastal flooding: Be prepared to evacuate immediately if local officials advise. Move inland before flooding begins.

Stream and River Stage Levels

By clicking on the markers displayed, you will be able to access accurate details such as location, flood stage, and current river height values for each gauge. This information will be invaluable to you if you are planning activities related to streams or rivers or if you have concerns about potential floods in your vicinity. This user-friendly and informative tool will undoubtedly prove beneficial to you, enabling you to stay secure and enjoy your time spent near water bodies. I assure you that utilizing this helpful resource will prove advantageous. Therefore, do not hesitate to click on those markers to access additional information.

What Should You Do
During a Flood?

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

    • Never walk, swim, or drive through floodwater. Just 6 in (15 cm) of fast-moving floodwater can knock you over, and 12 in (30 cm) can carry your vehicle away.

How Can You Stay Safe After a Flood?

Prevent Injuries

    • Understand the dangers you may face and keep your loved ones safe.
    • If you evacuated, wait for officials to say it is safe before going home.
    • Avoid fallen power lines, poles, and wires. They can electrocute you.
    • Watch out for falling trees and other debris.
    • Use flashlights or battery-powered lanterns, rather than candles, to reduce fire risk.
    • Many injuries happen during cleanup. Wear protective equipment, like boots, long pants, work gloves, eyewear, and an N95 respirator to protect your lungs. Follow the advice of local public health officials.
    • Learn how to use equipment safely. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water because you could get electrocuted.
    • Cleaning up is a big job. Take care of yourself. Work with a partner and take frequent breaks.

Protect Your Health

    • Flooding can contaminate drinking water. Check with your local public health department about drinking water safety.
    • Don’t get sick from eating spoiled food. Throw out food that got wet or warm. When in doubt, throw it out!
    • Stay away from floodwaters. They may contain sewage, sharp items, and chemicals that can make you ill.
    • If your home was flooded:
      • If possible, dry your home and everything in it as quickly as you can within 24 to 48 hours.
      • If you cannot return to dry your home within 24 to 48 hours, you should assume you have mold growth. When it is safe to return home, completely dry everything, clean up the mold and make sure you don’t still have a moisture problem.
      • Keep wet areas well-ventilated. Throw away wet materials that can’t be repaired or dried.
    • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices should never be used inside a home, basement, garage, tent, or camper – or even outside near an open window. Carbon monoxide can’t be seen or smelled, but it can kill you fast. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak, get to fresh air right away – do not delay.

Take Care of Yourself

    • It’s normal to have a lot of bad feelings, stress, or anxiety.
    • Eat healthy food and get enough sleep to help you deal with stress.
    • You can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline for free if you need to talk to someone. Call or text 1-800-985-5990.
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