- 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.
- Sign up for emergency notifications.
- 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.
- 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.