- Learn your
vulnerability to flooding by determining the elevation of your property.
Evaluate your insurance coverage; as construction grows around areas,
floodplains change. If you are in a flood area, consider what mitigation
measure you can do in advance.
- In high
flood-prone areas, keep materials on hand like sandbags, plywood, plastic
sheeting, plastic garbage bags, lumber, shovels, work boots and gloves. Call
your local emergency management office to learn how to construct proper
protective measures around your home.
- Be aware of
streams, drainage channels and areas known to flood, so you or your evacuation
routes are not cut off. If you choose or are told to evacuate, move to a safe
area before access is cut off by flood water.
- Monitor local
radio / television broadcasts or NOAA Weather Radio.
- Avoid driving
into water of unknown depth. Moving water can quickly sweep your vehicle away.
- Restrict children
from playing in flooded areas.
- Test drinking
water for potability; wells should be pumped out and the water tested before
- Do not use fresh
food that has come in contact with floodwaters. Wash canned goods that come in
contact with floodwaters with soap and hot water.
- Stay away from
downed power lines.