Protect Yourself and Your Family
Here’s what you can do to stay safe during a flood:
- If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic or roof.
- Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
- Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if advised to do so.
- If you’ve come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
- Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and two feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding. Flash floods are the No. 1 cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
- Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
Flood Watch = Be Aware. Conditions are right for flooding in your area.
Flood Warning = Take Action. Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly
Know Your Risk
Check FEMA’s flood map service center for your area to see the flood risk for your community.
- Floods kill more people on average than tornadoes and lightning combine. Most flood deaths are due to flash floods.
- Flash floods are often the result of heavy rains associated with severe thunderstorms. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming.
- When a flash flood WATCH is issued, be alert and be ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice.
- When a flash flood WARNING is issued, or the moment you realize a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. You may only have SECONDS.
- Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are automobile related. In your auto, look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges or low areas.
- DO NOT drive through flowing water. A mere two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.
- Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- Better Business Bureau
- For guidance on avoiding home repair scams.
- River Levels
- US Army Corps of Engineers
- Missouri River Basin Water Management Page
- The Missouri River Basin forecast center. (Clicking on the dots will send you to Advance Hydrologic Prediction Service maps for different parts of the basin.)
- US Geological Survey Water Watch
- USGS WaterAlert
- Farm Service Agency