Flood Safety Tips

FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program maintain a comprehensive website on flood safety and flood insurance. Please visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information.


  • Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
  • Flash Flood Watch: Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; listen to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
  • Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately
  • Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for information.
During a Flood
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Listen to the radio or television for information.
Leaving Your Home
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If flood waters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Secure your home. If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture. Move essential items to an upper floor.
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.