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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.


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