Floods can occur anywhere it rains. Even if your home is located in an area with a low risk of flooding, there is always a chance for a flood in the future. Learn the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning and what you can do to prepare your family and home.
A Flood Watch means that flooding in the area is possible. A Flood Warning means that a flood is already occurring in the area and safety measures must be taken to prevent injury and property damage. There are also Flash Flood Watches and Flash Flood Warnings, meaning the flooding is sudden and/or violent due to heavy rain or a dam break.
Whether you live in a flood-prone area or not, take the following steps to protect your property ahead of time.
If a flood is about to happen and you have time to prepare, take these steps to secure your home.
If a flood is already happening, safety is your number one priority.
People often underestimate the power of floodwaters. As little as six inches of moving water can make you fall, and two feet of water can carry away most vehicles, including trucks and SUVs.
For more information about floods, visit Ready.gov.
You should also print a copy of the American Red Cross Flood Safety Checklist as a guide.
Even after a flood is over, there are still hazards. Please keep in mind the following:
Save or print a copy of the American Red Cross Repairing Your Flooded Home to help you throughout the cleanup process.
Disaster relief assistance is available after a community has been devastated by a severe storm. Learn more about disaster relief assistance in our Weather Resources section.
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