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How do I prepare for a flood? 

Flood waters over roadwayNearly one-half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related. Follow these safety rules to protect yourself and others.

  • Listen to your radio, TV or National Weather Service radio for the latest information on weather conditions that can cause flooding.
  • If flooding occurs, move to higher ground as quickly as possible. You will not be able to outrun the flood.
  • Never park your vehicle along streams, if there is a threat of flooding.
  • Be especially caution at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
Be prepared: Make sure you have enough fuel in your vehicle for an emergency evacuation. Learn the safest route from your home or place of business to safe, high ground should you have to evacuate in a hurry. Have a “Go Bag” packed in the event of an evacuation. Contents should include:
  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.)
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Credit and ATM cards and cash
  • Bottled water and nonperishable food, such as energy or granola bars
  • Flashlight and battery-operated AM/FM radio with extra batteries
  • Medications and first aid kit
  • Child care supplies or other special care items


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