Before the Storm
- Direct downspouts at least 10 feet away from your home and clear gutters.
- If you are in a flood-prone area, keep sandbags on hand.
- Put chemicals, such as fertilizers, pesticides, and engine oil up on higher shelves.
- If you have a septic system, keep it well maintained so that it will be prepared for the flood. Turn off power to the system and seal entry points if possible.
Prepare For Flooding
- Know the safest route to your home and have a designated meeting spot for household members.
- Maintain a list of valuables and personal property in a safe spot.
- Create an emergency kit:
- Drinking water
- Medicine/First aid
- Pet Food
- Cooking equipment
- Create an emergency kit for your vehicle if possible with the above items. Ensure you vehicle has a full tank of gas.
During the Flood
- Check the National Weather Service for updates
- Follow flood watches and warnings
- Flood Watch = "Be Aware" as conditions are just right for flooding to occur in the area
- Flood Warning = "Take Action" a flood is either occurring or will happen shortly
- Never ignore evacuation orders. If ordered to evacuate:
- Take only essential items with you
- If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water
- Disconnect appliances to prevent electrical shock when power is restored
- Follow the designated evacuation routes and expect heavy traffic
- Do not attempt to drive or walk across creeks or flooded roads.
After the Flood
- When returning to your home, be aware that flood water is likely contaminated and presents risks. Protect yourself and your family.
- Pay attention to radio and television for information regarding safety of public water usage. Until water is cleared as safe, use clean bottled water.
- Only drink safe water. If you have a well, learn how to decontaminate it.
- Discard all food that has come into contact with floodwater.
- Do not use your septic system when water is standing on the ground around it.