Floods are one of the most common hazards in the U.S. They can affect areas as small as a local neighborhood or community, to as large as an entire river basin and multiple states. Flooding often results from another disaster, like a hurricane. These resources can help you learn what you need to know to respond to a flood threat.

Learn some flood terms, facts, and safety tips to help you before, during, and after a flood. You can also read about flood insurance. (Ready.gov)

Key Facts About Flood Readiness
Learn basic steps to prepare for a storm and pending evacuation. You can find out what to do if you’re under a flood watch or warning, and what emergency supplies you need. The site also has information about clean-up and food and water safety after a flood. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Flood Safety Checklist (PDF, 80 KB)
Get a checklist that answers three questions to help you prepare for a flood: What should I do? What supplies do I need? What do I do after a flood? You can also learn about the “Safe and Well” website. It allows you to register to let your family know you’re safe. (American Red Cross)

What Consumers Need to Know About Food and Water Safety
This page offers food and water safety facts to help you prepare for and respond to a hurricane, power outage, or flood. For floods, you can learn specific steps to help keep water and food safe during and after a flood. There’s also a link to a PDF file if you want to save a copy of the information. (Food and Drug Administration)

Get tips on how to recover after a flood. Things like how to use a generator safely, how to handle private wells and septic systems, disaster debris, mold, clean-up and renovation. You can also find information on water and food safety. (Environmental Protection Agency)

Last Updated: 08/30/2018