Flood Preparedness Week

News Date: 
October 14, 2021
image of Post Dr with City maintenance truck sitting in flood waters.

OCTOBER 23-30 IS FLOOD PREPAREDNESS WEEK

It is crucial for you to prepare for flooding by following three basic steps:

  1. Be aware of your risk: Know whether your home is in a flood zone; pay attention to weather forecasts; and listen to local authorities.
  2. Be prepared: Always have an emergency evacuation kit ready; be prepared to evacuate early; have a household inventory with copies of critical documents; and have a plan for where you will go in an emergency and what to do with your pets.
  3. Take action: Evacuate immediately when advised to. Also, homeowners’ insurance does not cover damage due to flooding; consider purchasing flood insurance.

Preparing for Flooding:

At Home:

  • Share flood preparedness information with neighbors, students, family, and friends.
  • Establish a family communication plan for emergencies. Your family may not be together during an emergency so think about how you will communicate and where you will meet following an evacuation. Periodically review your plan.
  • Keep storm drains clear. If your property is prone to flooding, have sandbags, plastic sheeting, and other flood-fighting materials on hand.
  • Learn how to turn off water, gas, and electricity connections to your home in the event that your home is flooded. Contact your local utility companies for their help.

In Your Vehicle:

  • Driving through flood waters is extremely dangerous; more people are trapped and die in their vehicles than anywhere else during a flood.

Emergency Supply Kits:

  • Maintaining emergency supply kits in your home, vehicle, and work can provide essential supplies during the initial days following a flood.
  • Be sure to include any medications necessary for you and your family.
  • If you have pets, you can access the list of supplies recommended by the Red Cross and other agencies.

Maintain Awareness:

  • Be aware of the possibility of flooding to make sure you and your family have adequate time to prepare for an evacuation. Maintain awareness of incoming storms, weather watches, warnings, and evacuations issued by the National Weather Service.
  • Television and radio stations are a source of weather forecasts and emergency messages before and during a severe weather event.