Preparing for Inland Flooding

Wind speeds from hurricanes are only part of the problem.  Hurricanes also produce storms surges, tornadoes and perhaps the most deadly of all - inland flooding.  Catastrophic flash flooding can occur following brief heavy rains and longer term flooding on rivers and streams can persist for several days after a storm.  What you should do to be prepared for inland flooding includes:

  • If a hurricane is coming ashore near you think inland flooding.
  • Find out if you live in a zone that may potentially flood.
  • Develop a flood emergency plan.  This plan should comprehensively identify all of the steps you need to take before, during, and after a disaster to ensure maximum safety for you and your family as well as your property.
  • Be aware of rising water and if advised to evacaute, do so immediately.
  • Do not attempt to cross flowing water. Even a very small depth may cause you to slip or lose control of a vehicle.
  • Have flood insurance. If your policy does not cover floods, check with the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • Don't forget your pets!

Inland Flooding Video

Hint: It is tempting to attempt to drive through flooded areas only to be taken downstream by quickly moving water.  There is one simple rule which is: If you cannot see the road or its line markings, do not drive through the water.

Disaster Gear Checklist

Your basic disaster kit should include:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days
  • Food - at least a three day supply of non-perishable food and can opener
  • Batter powered or hand crank radio plus a NOAA Weather radio with extra batteries
  • Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and water for your pet
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Cash or credit cards

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