Flash Flood Safety Tips

Flash Flood Safety Tips

Did you know that floods are the most common disaster in the US? Flash floods can form in seconds and do significant property damage within minutes.

Learn how to reduce your flash flood risks and stay safe with these tips:

Watch Vs. Warning

A flash flood watch means flooding is possible. Prepare to move to higher ground and listen to NOAA Weather Radio, a commercial radio or television (or your Halo+!) for up-to-date information.

A flash flood warning means that one is actually occurring. If this happens in your area, seek higher ground on foot—not in a vehicle, which can be swept away by a few inches of moving water—immediately.

Safety Tips

  • Flash floods can occur very quickly and, as such, can be very dangerous. If there’s a chance of a flash flood in your area, it’s important to move immediately to higher ground, rather than waiting for instructions to mobilize.
  • If there is a flash flood in your area, don’t walk through moving water. As little as six inches of moving water can cause a fall. If you must walk in water, walk where it’s still and use a sturdy stick to check the firmness of the ground as you go.
  • During threatening conditions, do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers, or creeks. If you arrive at a flooded road while driving, either turn around and drive the other way or get out of the car and quickly walk to higher ground.
  • Keep children out of and away from water.
  • If you have time to prepare before a flash flood occurs, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves and disconnect electrical appliances (do NOT touch electrical equipment when wet, or when standing in water). If time allows, bring in outdoor furniture and move any essential items to an upper level, if possible.
For more resources on flash flood preparedness, click the links below: On Preparing – Red Cross On Insurance - Flood Smart Before, During, and After – Ready.gov