Flood Safety Tips

  • Buy a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio with a battery backup for 24-hour alerts whether you're awake or asleep.
  • Know your area; when and where it frequently floods.
  • Know your evacuation routes. Plan more than 1.
  • Keep your automobile fueled; if electric power is cut off, gas stations may not be able to operate.
  • Monitor the weather, especially during outdoor activities near creeks and riverbeds.
    • A watch means conditions are right. Prepare.
    • A warning means it's happening now. Act! During flash flooding, you may only have seconds.
  • Be alert for signs of flooding (i.e. roadside drainage ditches filled, elevated creek or river levels, etc.).
  • Leave areas that are subject to flooding. Avoid areas that are already flooded.
  • Do not drive through flooded roadways. The road under flood waters may not be intact and there is no way to tell how deep the water is.
  • Do not drive around barricades.
  • Leave stalled vehicles immediately and get to higher ground.
  • If you are instructed to evacuate, do so promptly. Your location may not be under water, but the routes to safety may be.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it's harder to recognize flood dangers.

Additional Resources for Assisting with Flood Prevention and Recovery



Guidance for volunteers and workers assisting with sandbagging and flood recovery - OSHA

  • Make certain you are up-to-date on your tetanus vaccination (within the last 10 years). The Department of Public Health can assist you, if you need to obtain a tetanus vaccination.
  • Consult with a medical provider when sustaining any injuries during flood recovery/cleanup.
  • Keep an ample supply of safe, potable water.
  • Wash hands with clean, running water before and after coming into contact with flood debris or contaminated waters.
Street under water - SCCDEM photo
End of the road. Flood water covers Highway 94 near West Alton, Missouri. SCCDEM  photo