Do you know what to do before, during and after a flood?
“Flooding is the nation's number one natural disaster and it can happen in any of our regional states,” said FEMA Region 6 Administrator Tony Robinson. “Homeowners, renters and business owners should find out if their home or business is at risk for flood and then take steps to address that risk.”
Before a Flood
• Avoid building in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce your home.
• Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
• Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
During a Flood
• Listen to local officials and monitor your local radio or television for information.
• Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If it does, immediately move to higher ground.
• Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to suddenly flood.
• Do not drive into flooded areas. Turn Around; Don’t Drown. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.
After a Flood
• Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.
• Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
• Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened.
• Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
Find more information on flooding, flood hazards, and flood insurance at:
Flood Safety Awareness