During a flood
- If you are unable to follow recommended evacuation routes, get to high ground.
- Do not go near the creek to watch the flooding happen. If you can see it, you are too close to escape.
- Stay tuned to warnings and instructions from local officials. Stay put until authorities declare it is safe.
After a flood
At your home
- If you have not been evacuated, or were unable to evacuate, your primary shelter will be your own home.
- Any food that has come in contact with floodwater may be contaminated and should be thrown out.
- Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family or friends.
- Document property damage with photographs.
- If your home has been flooded, shovel out any mud before it solidifies. Open the windows and doors to help dry the building when instructed it is safe to do so.
Outside your shelter
- Flood waters can be dangerous to walk or drive through. Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Water may be deeper than it appears.
- Avoid disaster areas: your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations and put you at further risk from the residual effects of the flood, such as contaminated water, crumbled roads, landslides, mudflows and other hazards.
Health & safety risks
- Be aware of the risk of electrocution: underground or downed power lines can electrically charge water. Do not touch any electrical equipment if it is wet or you are standing in water.
- Be aware of risks such as hypothermia from cold water or drowning in running water.
- Watch for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone outside quickly.