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Flood Preparedness

Before a Flood

To help reduce the chance of flood damage consider the following points:

• Windows and doors at ground level should be weather protected and in good working order.

• Eavestroughs and downspouts should be installed to move water away from your home.

• The ground around your home should slope away from the foundation wall to help drain water away.

• Have a 72-hour emergency kit on hand. For information on making a 72-hour emergency kit visit

• Be ready to follow instructions from emergency response officials.

• If you live in an area that has a high flood risk, consider hiring a professional to raise the furnace, water heater and electric panel off the ground.

• Do not store important papers or items in the basement.


If you know flooding is coming:

• Shut off the electricity at the panel or fuse box, ONLY if the area around the main power box is dry.

• Move toxic or hazardous materials away from the flood area to avoid pollution.

• Turn off basement furnaces and the outside gas valve.

• Pay attention to internet, radio and television messages with important information about where to go and what to do.


During a Flood

Be Prepared

• Keep your 72-hour emergency kit close at hand in a portable container in case you are asked to leave your home.

• Call 911 if you have a life-threatening emergency

• Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If a flash flood occurs, move to higher ground right away.


If you need to evacuate

• Leave your home when asked to do so by emergency officials. Ignoring a warning could endanger your family or those who might have to come to your rescue.

• Take your 72-hour emergency kit with you.

• Follow the routes specified by officials. Don’t take shortcuts they could lead to blocked or dangerous areas.

• Time permitting leave a note telling others when you left and how to get in touch with you.

• Make arrangements for pets.


Never cross a flooded area

• Never cross a flooded area on foot or in a car. The water may be deeper and moving faster than it looks.

• Avoid crossing bridges if the water is high and flowing quickly.

• If you are caught in fast-rising water and your car stalls, leave it and save yourself and passengers.