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During a Flood

If a flood is likely in your area, you should: 
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move. 
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following: 
  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor. 
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. 
  • Move furniture, electrical appliances and other belongings to floors above ground level. 
  • Remove toxic substances such as pesticides and insecticides from the flood area to prevent pollution. 
  • Keep your radio on to find out what areas are affected, what roads are safe, where to go and what to do if the local emergency officials ask you to leave your home.
If you have to leave your home, remember these evacuation tips: 
  • Leave your home when you are advised to do so by local emergency officials. 
  • Take your emergency Go Kit with you. 
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you. 
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be swept away quickly. 
  • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions. 
  • Make arrangements for your pets.

Information on what to do after a flood.