Prepare for high water if you live in flood-prone area by:
Know your evacuation route.
Move livestock and equipment to higher ground.
Move furniture and belongings to the upper floors.
Keep your automobile fueled - gas pumps will be inaccessible or probably loser power.
Secure or tie-down outside possessions.
Store drinking water in clean bathtubs and other containers. (1 gallon per day per person.)
Keep a stock of food that requires little or no cooking or refrigeration; electric power may be disrupted.
Keep first aid supplies on hand.
Keep a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, a battery-powered portable radio, emergency cooking equipment, and flashlights in working order.
Install check valves in building sewer traps to prevent floodwater from back up into the drains of your home.
Disconnect electrical appliances or equipment that can't be moved.
Keep materials like sandbags, plastic sheeting, plywood, and lumber handy for emergency waterproofing.
During the Flood
If there have been evacuation orders - do so immediately.
Move to a safe area or a Red Cross shelter before access is cut off by floodwaters.
Continue to monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other radio stations.
Avoid areas subject to flooding.
Don't walk through or drive in water that is above your ankles. Stop! Turn around and go the other way. Don't drive over a flooded road when you don't know the depth of the water. It could be washed out under the water.
Abandon a stalled vehicle in floodwaters if you can do so safely.
After the Flood
If fresh food has come in contact with floodwaters, throw it out.
Boil drinking water before using it. Wells should be pumped out and the water tested for purity before drinking. If in doubt, call the public or environmental health office.
Seek necessary medical care at the nearest hospital. Food, clothing, shelter, and first aid are available from the Red Cross.
Do not visit disaster areas. Your presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations.
Electrical equipment should be checked and dried before being returned to service.
Use flashlights, not lanterns, torches, or matches, to examine buildings. Flammables may be inside.
Report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
Keep tuned to the radio or Television for advice and instructions.
Notify your insurance agent if your property was damaged.