Flooding - Be Prepared

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:
    • Batteries
    • Cooking equipment
    • Drinking water
    • Flashlights
    • Food
    • Medicine/First aid
    • Pet Food
    • Radio
  • 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 (DOC).
  • 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.