Make a plan with your people.

Emergency planning can feel overwhelming. We’ve broken it down into simple steps and provided tools that will make it feel do-able. The same connections that are important in everyday life—with friends, family, neighbors, and communities—are even more crucial in a crisis.

Set up your meet up.

First, make an emergency plan with your inner circle of friends, relatives, or immediate family. That way, you will each know what to do in an emergency.

What basics does your plan need to include?

  • Select a few of your nearest and dearest. Who’s the group you’ll want to get in touch with if something happens?
  • Pick an out of state contact. Who can serve as a hub for information, if you can’t reach others in your local area?
  • Agree on a place to meet. How about a park? A landmark? Don’t choose a house—in case it’s inaccessible.

Learn tips.

Read and print our Flood Guide to learn a few easy steps to stay safe.

  1. Elevate appliances.

    Elevate the furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.

  2. Prevent drains from backing up.

    Install "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into your house’s drains.

  3. Set up barriers.

    Construct barriers to stop floodwater, and seal basement walls with waterproofing compounds.

  1. Turn off utilities.

    Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

  2. Do not walk through moving water.

    Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you must walk in water, walk where it isn’t moving. Check the firmness of the ground in front of you with a stick.

  3. Steer clear of flooded areas.

    Do not drive into flooded areas. If a few inches of floodwater rise around your car, abandon the car for higher ground. If flood water rises into your car, get on the roof.

  1. Avoid moving water

    Water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet!

  2. Stay on firm ground.

  3. Avoid standing water of any kind.

    Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.

  4. Check back here.

    In an emergency, this site will go into Crisis Mode and will provide a live stream of official updates as well as crowdsourced reports.