Floods are among the most common and costly natural disasters—and they can happen anywhere. During Flood Safety Awareness Week, March 18-22, arm yourself with these preparedness tips so you’ll be ready if flooding occurs in your area.
Know Your Terms
When flooding is predicted for your area, you may hear weather forecasters use these terms:
Have Supplies Ready
You’ll be better prepared for any disaster, including a flood, if you have some emergency items on hand and ready to go in case you need to evacuate your home.
Essential items include:
You can find a full list of emergency supplies on redcross.org.
Respond During a Flood
Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
Critical Safety Tips
Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at www.FloodSmart.gov.
Test your flood safety knowledge by taking our short quiz.