Floods are both very common and very dangerous. They can occur because of short prolonged periods of rain, tropical storms and hurricanes, or dam breaches. It is important to take precautions before a flood happens. Some floods can develop slowly while flash floods can develop in just a few minutes.
- A Flood Watch means flooding is possible.
- A Flood Warning means flooding is occurring or will occur soon (and evacuations may be necessary).
- A Flash Flood Watch means flash flooding may be possible.
- A Flash Flood Warning means flash flooding is occurring; seek higher ground.
Before flooding occurs:
- Determine how flooding could impact your home. Visit FEMA's Floodsmart website to learn more about the risks.
- Talk to your insurance provider to determine if you need flood insurance. For more information on Flood Insurance, visit FEMA's Floodsmart website .
- If you are in a high-risk area, elevate your furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your home.
- Check your emergency kit regularly.
- Sign up for Alert Montgomery to get updates directly to your cell phone or email.
After flooding occurs:
- If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown®
- Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown®
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
- When returning to your home after a hurricane or flood, be aware that flood water may contain sewage. To learn about protecting yourself and your family when returning to your home, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s website on flood water after a disaster or emergency.
If an event occurs that could lead to flooding, listen to the radio, watch television, and pay attention to any information from Alert Montgomery, for instructions and warnings.
For more information on floods, visit Ready.gov
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