Flood Preparedness

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Warmer temperatures are here, which means summer is on its way. Along with summer fun we sometimes experience severe weather and flooding, talk with your family about how to stay safe and take action to get prepared! Planning and preparing can help you manage the impact of severe weather.

Click here for information from FEMA's Ready program about Flood Preparedness.  The American Red Cross also has some helpful information about flood safety including:

• Gather emergency supplies;

• Make a family emergency communication plan

• Stay informed, make sure you are watching the latest weather reports.

To learn more about preparing for flooding and severe weather, take a look at this video, Flood Preparedness Floodsmart

Emergency Shelter in Place Kit

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food.
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off untilities
  • Manual can opener for food.
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

Go Bag (Evacuation)

If you need to evacuate and leave in a hurry, every member of your household including your pets should have a smaller pack of emergency supplies that you can take with you such as:
  • Bottled water and food that comes in easy to open cans or pop top containers (at least a one-day supply)
  • Prescription medication for a week and either a copy of your prescription or the empty bottles that show your current prescription.
  • Small first aid kit.
  • Small blanket or throw.
  • Sturdy shoes or boots.
  • Extra clothes and rain gear.
  • Extra pair of glasses or hearing aid if needed.
  • Personal hygiene items.
  • Items for family members with special needs (children, seniors, people with disabilities).
  • Essential items for your pet.
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery or manual radio.
  • Pocketknife
  • Extra house and car keys
  • A copy of your family communication and emergency plan
  • A flash drive with photos of your family and copies of important documents such as deeds, insurance, photos of family members, birth certificates, social security cards and government issued identification.
  • Small amounts of money
  • Maps

Vehicle Emergency Kit

Update the emergency kit in your vehicles with:
  • Flashlight
  • Battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Water
  • Snack Food
  • Matches
  • Extra clothing
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • Fast Ice Packs
  • Tow chain or rope
  • Booster cables
  • Emergency Flares
  • Fluorescent distress flag