Floods can develop over a period of days, giving you adequate time to prepare; however, flash floods can develop
in a matter of minutes.
Determine whether your home or work place is in a predetermined flood plain.
Stay informed and know flood terminology:
○ Flood Watch—Flooding is possible. Stay tuned to radio or TV for more information.
○ Flash Flood Watch—Flash flooding is possible. Stay tuned to radio or TV for more
information. Be prepared to move to higher ground.
○ Flood Warning—Flooding is currently occurring or will occur soon. Listen for further
instructions. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
○ Flash Flood Warning—Flash flooding is currently occurring or will occur soon. Seek higher
ground on foot immediately.
• Get an emergency supply kit, and store it where it can be accessed by all family members.
• Know your installation’s plan, and develop an evacuation procedure as a family.
• Develop a communication plan in case you are not together during evacuation.
• Identify where you can go if you need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
• Keep enough fuel in your car’s tank to evacuate. Expect a high volume of slow traffic.
Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places, such as a friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter. Make sure everyone in the family knows where each place is located and how to get there.