As the threat of flooding becomes more imminent, it is vital for your safety and the safety of your loved ones that you are prepared for any type of emergency situation. There are various areas in the city and county that is at higher risks than others. During a flood there is always a chance that you could be evacuated. Here are some helpful tips should your area be evacuated.

If You Are Ordered to Evacuate

You should NEVER ignore an evacuation order. Authorities will direct you to leave if you are in a low-lying area, or within the greatest potential path of the rising waters. If a flood warning is issued for your area or you are directed by authorities to evacuate the area:

  • Take only essential items with you.
  • If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
  • Disconnect appliances to prevent electrical shock when power is restored.
  • Follow the designated evacuation routes and expect heavy traffic.
  • Do not attempt to drive or walk across creeks or flooded roads.

If You Are Ordered NOT to Evacuate

  • To get through the storm in the safest possible manner:
  • Monitor the radio or television for weather updates.
  • Prepare to evacuate to a shelter or to a neighbor’s home if your home is damaged, or if you are instructed to do so by emergency personnel.
  • Also, refer to the Personal Emergency Preparedness Workbook for tips for Sheltering in Place.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention