Prepare for Flooding During Hurricane Season
Stay prepared for possible flooding throughout hurricane season. Whether you live in a hurricane-prone area or not, heavy rains or flooding may still affect you.
Flooding can happen during any season. Some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year. While coastal areas are at higher risk for flooding during hurricane season, the Midwest is more at risk in the spring and during heavy summer rains. Ice jams occur in the spring in the Northeast and Northwest. Even the deserts of the Southwest are at risk during the late summer monsoon season.
The FEMA 2016 National Household Survey reports that 4 in 10 emergency plans include an evacuation plan. Make sure you and your family prepare with these tips from Ready.gov/Floods:
For more flood safety information, download the How to Prepare for a Flood guide and watch the When the Clouds Form video.
- Know your flood risk.
- Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, or to evacuate.
- Make a flood emergency plan for the relevant type of local flood risk with plans such as evacuation, shelter, and locations for high ground.
- Build or restock your emergency kit, including a minimum of three days of food and water, flashlight, batteries, cash, prescription medications and first aid supplies.
- Consider buying flood insurance. Homeowners insurance and renters insurance do not typically cover flood damage.
- Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.