Flood Preparedness Week: October 21-28, 2023

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Local agencies will share information about flood risk and how to prepare during California Flood Preparedness Week.

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.

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About Flood Preparedness Week

California Flood Preparedness Week began in 2012 with a single event in Sacramento County and is now in its eleventh year. DWR supports events across the state, working with federal, state, and local agencies to inform Californians about flood risk and flood preparedness. 

How to Contact Us

Find general contact information in the directory, or select the button below to contact the California Flood Preparedness Week planning team.

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