General Preparedness

In order to be the best prepared for potential flood and other hazard events:

  • Inventory and photograph your home's contents and put important papers and insurance policies in a safe place.
  • Assemble a supply kit for your home, work, and car. Information about what to pack can be found online.
    • Home: Keep it in a designated place and make sure all family members know where to find it. It should contain essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days.
    • Work: One container that is ready to grab and go in case you are evacuated from your workplace. Make sure you have food and water and comfortable walking shoes.
    • Car: Kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, flares, jumper cables, and seasonal supplies.
    • Identify any special needs/disabilities an individual has and plan accordingly ahead of time. Helpful tips and information are available on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) website.
    • For parents with babies and/or small children, have an emergency supplies kit for babies/children including: diapers, wipes, medications, bottles, formula, water (for cleaning and mixing with powdered formula), battery operated fan, jars of baby food for 3 days, and a blanket.
  • If possible, place the washer, dryer, furnace and water heater on masonry blocks or concrete at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation, inside a floodwall, or moved to a higher floor. All work must conform to building code and Unified Development Ordinance requirements.

Additional information is available online.