Protecting Yourself from a Flood
Have a plan.
- Know where you will evacuate to, and the best way to get there.
- Have necessary supplies kit(s) ready to use.
If an evacuation order has been issued…
Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves.
- Turn off gas, electricity, and water to the house.
- Know the difference between a mandatory and voluntary evacuation. If your city or municipality officials order a voluntary evacuation of the area it is up to an individual’s discretion to evacuate.
- Mandatory evacuations are designed to keep residents safe and residents must and should leave their homes and the area at risk to seek shelter in a safer area.
- Follow these instructions to evacuate yourself and your family:https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-family.
- Plan ahead, know the evacuation routes in your area and have a plan in place that all members of the household are aware of.
- Keep family members, neighbors, and other local friends informed of your evacuation plans. Alert them when you chose to evacuate to your planned destination. Designate a contact outside of the affected area to know your plan and whereabouts should communication fail within the area of risk.
- When the possibility of evacuation nears make sure to keep a full tank of gas in your car and throughout your trip away try keep it at half full to avoid breakdowns on congested roads.
- Check other fluid levels in the car, the air pressure in tires, and ensure that the vehicle chosen for evacuation can handle a long trip.
- Click here for FEMA guidelines.
Assemble a supply kit for your home, work and car. Learn what to pack here.
- keep it in a designated place, make sure everyone in the family knows where it is.
- It should contain essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days.
- One container that is ready to grab and go in case you are evacuated from your workplace.
- Make sure you have food and water, and comfortable walking shoes
- Kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, flares, jumper cables, and seasonal supplies
- Identify any special needs/disabilities an individual has and plan accordingly ahead of time. Helpful tips and suggestions can be found here.
Have an emergency supplies kit for baby including:
- water (for cleaning, and mixing with powdered formula)
- battery operated fan
- jars of baby food for 3 days