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Prolonged rainfall over several days can cause a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area. A flash flood from a broken dam or levee or after intense rainfall of one inch (or more) per hour often catches people unprepared. Regardless, the rule for being safe is simple: head for the high ground and stay away from the water.  But, before a flood hits, you can prepare yourself by taking the steps:

  • Make an itemized list of personal property including furnishings, clothing, and valuables.
  • Take photographs of your home, inside and out.
  • Place valuable documents in a box or other container for easy relocation. Keep in a safe location least likely to be flooded.
  • Learn the safest route from your home or place of business to high, safe ground in case you need to evacuate in a hurry.
  • Keep a portable radio, spare batteries, emergency cooking equipment, and flashlights in working order and in water-tight plastic bag.
  • Keep first aid and critical medical supplies (Insulin, prescriptions, special need items, etc.) on hand.
  • Have at least a 48 hour supply. Include baby supplies, if needed.
  • Keep a stock of food which requires little cooking and no refrigeration (packaged, dry, canned, etc).
  • Non electric can opener.
  • Change of clothes, shoes and blankets.
  • Keep automobile fueled - if power is out, gas pumps may not be operable.
  • Keep cash on hand - automatic teller machines won't work if power is out.
  • Develop an animal evacuation plan for the safety of your animals or pets.
  • Have emergency pet supplies and food available for your pets; include crates or cages.
  • Develop a plan for relocating your livestock if the need arises.
  • Develop a plan for family members in case of evacuation, etc: where to meet, or who to contact outside of area to let them know they're safe, etc.
  • Ask your agent about flood insurance.
  • Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber, for emergency waterproofing.
  • Sand and Sandbags will become available once an emergency has been declared. Numerous, locations throughout the county will be supplied. Please call your Emergency Services Office for locations.
  • Emergency Shelters: Red Cross shelters will be set up as necessary. Check in point will be announced. See the checklist of recommended items to pack in case of evacuation from your residence.

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Last updated: 4/25/2007 8:44:54 AM