Flood Preparedness

Flood Preparedness
Posted on 03/15/2022

Flood Safety - Preparedness And Awareness from Weather.gov
Flooding can occur in the United States at any time of the year and causes more damage than any other weather related event. On average, floods cause eight billion dollars in damages and eighty nine fatalities annually. That is why it is so important to be prepared should flooding occur.

Always be Prepared:
Knowing what your flood risk is, is the best way to prepare for a flood. To find out what your flood hazard is, go to: www.weather.gov/safety/flood-hazards

You can also find out if you live in a flood plain by visiting our partners at FEMA at https://msc.fema.gov/portal.

There are many tips for what to do before, during and after a flood on our newly redesigned flood safety website at www.weather.gov/safety/flood/.

Always Be Aware: 
Find the latest forecasts and hazardous weather conditions at weather.gov and water.weather.gov/ahps. National Weather Service Forecast offices across the country work around the clock to ensure Watches, Warnings and Advisories are issued to alert you and your family to hazardous conditions to keep you safe.

The same information is available on your mobile device at https://mobile.weather.gov. Smart phones are now able to receive flash flood warnings via the Wireless Emergency Alerts System. For more information visit Weather Ready Nation's FAQ on Wireless Emergency Alerts.

Another tool to alert you about hazardous weather conditions is NOAA Weather Radio. This nationwide network of radio stations is dedicated to broadcasting continuous weather, river and other emergency information direct from National Weather Service offices. For more information, visit www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

Stay safe during a flood by knowing your risk and where to get the latest forecast and hazard information. Be a force of nature! 

Turn Around Don't Drown
Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock an adult off their feet. Twelve inches of moving water can carry away most small cars, and twenty-four inches of rushing water can carry away most large vehicles including school buses. It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

It is impossible to tell the exact depth of water covering a roadway or the condition of the road below the water. This is especially true at night when your vision is limited. It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters. Any time you come to a flooded road, walkway, or path, follow this simple rule: Turn Around Don't Drown.


What is a 500-Year Flood? 
The term 500-year flood doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s only going to happen one time every 500 years. Rather, it’s a reference to the probability of occurrence.