Prepare: How can I prepare my family for potential flooding?

If my home or property is at risk of flooding what can I do to reduce the impacts from flooding?

Emergency preparedness should happen before an emergency. Once you know your risks, the first steps are to build a kit, have a plan for your family in case of an emergency, and know how to stay informed before, during and after an emergency.

Easy First Steps

National Food Insurance Program

Standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding. Find out more about the NFIP and how it can help you protect yourself.

Build a Disaster Readiness Kit.

A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Assemble your kit in advance of an emergency. You will probably not have time to find supplies you need.

What is my community's flood response plan?

As you plan ahead for your family, it is important to learn about your community's flood response plan and whether there is a flood warning system. Find out how will local first responders inform you of recommended safety measures during flooding.

Many communities have emergency evacuation plans, especially those with levees. Become aware of your local emergency evacuation plan.

What do I need to know about purchasing flood insurance?

Flood Insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the primary method of managing financial flood risk.