Flash Flood WATCH means a flood or flash flood is possible. Flood Watch = "Be Aware"
Flash Flood WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur = "Take Action"

Flood Watch Steps to Take  "BeAware" 

  • Turn on your TV/radio. You will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

    Prepare Your Home

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.

  • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.

  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions. (Ready.gov)

Flood Warning Steps to Take  "Take Action"

  • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.

  • Evacuate if directed.

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

After a flood

  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.

  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.

  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.

  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.

  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.


When it is not flooding: Make a flood plan    (Ready.gov)

  • Know your flood risk.

  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.

  • Make a flood emergency plan for the relevant type/s of local flood risk with plans such as evacuation, shelter, locations for high ground.

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a minimum of 3 days of food and water, flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

  • Consider buying flood insurance.

  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.