Ways You Can Be Flood Ready

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Take action to be flood ready

Did you know that every county in California has been declared a federal flood disaster area at least once in the last 20 years? 

California experiences many types of flooding: alluvial fan, debris flow, riverine, coastal, tsunami, flash, and localized floods.

Not every part of California experiences every type of flooding, but the results of each is the same: without proper preparedness, lives, homes, infrastructure and agriculture are lost, and damage to the environment and economy is likely. 

It is crucial for people to prepare for flooding by following three basic steps:

  • Be aware of your risk: Know whether your home is in a flood zone; pay attention to weather forecasts; and listen to local authorities.
  • Be prepared: Always have an emergency evacuation kit ready; be prepared to evacuate early; have a household inventory with copies of critical documents; and have a plan for where you will go in an emergency and what to do with your pets.
  • Take action: Evacuate immediately when advised to. Also, homeowners’ insurance does not cover damage due to flooding; consider purchasing flood insurance.

Prepare for Flooding

Preparedness Resources

  • Ready.gov

    Discover templates for preparedness kits, evacuation checklists, communication plans, and more.

  • FEMA Flood Maps

    Enter your address to learn about your flood risk.

  • Listos

    Preparedness checklists and guides in English and other languages.

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