Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural hazards. Some floods develop over a period of days, but flash floods can result in raging water in just a few minutes.
  • Tune in to your EAS station for updated information and instructions on what to do.
  • If instructed to, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves. Disconnect electrical appliances, but do not touch any electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • If your car stalls in a flash flood area, abandon it! You and your car could be swept away.
  • Keep a stock of food that requires no cooking or refrigeration. Store drinking water in clean, closed containers.
  • Keep a portable, battery powered radio and flashlights in working order, and stock extra batteries. Have first aid supplies and any medicines your family may need.

What to do after the flood?

  • Upon entering the building, use a battery powered flashlight.
  • Before entering a building, check for structural damage. 
  • Watch for electrical shorts and live wires before making certain the main power switch is off. 
  • Throw out any medicine or food that has come into contact with flood water. Do NOT handle any electrical equipment in wet areas. 
  • Report broken utility lines to appropriate agencies. 

Flooding Terms

  • Flood forecasts:
    mean rainfall may be heavy enough to cause rivers to overflow their banks, or melting snow may be mixing with rainfall to produce similar effects.
  • Flood Warning or forecasts of Impending Floods:
    describe the affected river, lake or tidewater, the severity of flooding, (minor, moderate, or major) and when and where the flooding will begin.
  • Flash Flood Watches:
    mean heavy rains (that may cause sudden flash flooding in specified areas) may occur. Understand that a flash flood can occur without visible sign of rainfall in your area. Be alert to a possible emergency that will require immediate action.
  • Flash Flood Warnings:
    mean flash flooding is occurring or imminent along certain streams and designated areas. Move to higher ground immediately.
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