What to Do During a Flood Warning

When a flood or flash flood warning is issued:
  • Listen continuously to a NOAA Weather Radio, or a portable, battery-powered radio (or television) for updated emergency information. Local stations provide you with the best advice for your particular situation.
  • Be alert to signs of flooding. A warning means a flood is imminent or is happening in the area.
  • If you live in a flood-prone area or think you are at risk, evacuate immediately. Move quickly to higher ground. Save yourself, not your belongings. The most important thing is your safety.
  • Follow the instructions and advice of local authorities. Local authorities are the most informed about affected areas. They will best be able to tell you areas to avoid.
  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood water. Evacuation is much simpler and safer before flood waters become too deep for vehicles to drive through.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Shortcuts or alternate, non recommended routes may be blocked or damaged by flood waters.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being marooned by flooded roads. Delaying too long may allow all escape routes to become blocked.