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
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.