Flood

Before

  • Regularly stay informed by following the news.
  • Create a communication plan with your family and friends in the event of a disaster. Plan should include, specific person identified to contact for status updates, or a safe location to meet.
  • Assemble an emergency kit.
  • Know your risk whether your school is in a floodplain by clicking here.
  • Sign up for emergency notifications.

During

  • If you are in an area that will flood, and do not feel comfortable, do not wait for the order to leave; evacuate yourself.  
  • Continue listening to local news station for the latest information and updates.
  • Do not walk, swim or drive through floodwater. Just six inches of fast-flowing water can knock you over and two feet will float a car.
  • Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground immediately.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. If you have time, disconnect utilities and appliances.
  • If water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged, DO NOT go near the area.

After

  • Continue listening to local news for the latest updates.
  • Let friends and family know you are safe.
  • If you evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Standing water hides many dangers including toxins and chemicals. There may be debris under the water and the road surface may have been compromised.
  • Do not visit disaster areas, your presence may hamper rescue and other emergency operations.
  • Road closure and other cautionary signs are put in place for your safety. Pay attention to them.
  • Do not enter a flood-damaged building until you are given the all clear by authorities.