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Protect Yourself During a Flood

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. Deadly flooding can happen anywhere and faster than you might expect.


It is important to be prepared for flooding, if you live in a low-lying area near a body of water, such as a river, stream, or culvert. You should also be wary if you live along a coastline or downstream from a dam, levee, or area that has been burned by wildfire.


Protect yourself during a flood with these Ready.gov tips:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just six (6) inches of moving water can knock you down. Just one (1) foot of water can sweep your vehicle off the roadway.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car, but the water is not moving, if you are able, get out of the car and walk to higher ground. Do not leave the car if the water is rapidly moving. If water is rising inside the car, then seek refuge on the roof.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly with little warning.

For more information download the America’s PrepareAthon! How to Prepare for a Flood guide.

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