Before the Flood Checklists

Family Plan

  1. Identify the types of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind.
  2. Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hazard. In certain circumstances, the safest areas may not be in your home but within your community.
  3. Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.
  4. Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact so all your family members have a single point of contact.
  5. Make a plan now for what to do with your pets should you need to evacuate.
  6. Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  7. Check your insurance coverage. Flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
  8. Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
  9. Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its batteries every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
  10. Take First Aid, CPR, and disaster preparedness classes.

Supply Kit Checklist

  1. Water—at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
  2. Food—at least enough for 3 to 7 days
    • non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices
    • food for infants or the elderly
    • snack foods
    • non-electric can opener
    • cooking tools and fuel
    • paper plates and plastic utensils
  3. Blankets, pillows, etc.
  4. Clothing—seasonal, rain gear, sturdy shoes, etc.
  5. First aid kit, medicines, and prescription drugs
  6. Special items for babies and the elderly
  7. Toiletries, hygiene items, and moisture wipes
  8. Flashlight
  9. Batteries
  10. Battery-operated NOAA weather radio
  11. Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
  12. Cash (with some small bills) and credit cards—banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods
  13. Keys
  14. Toys, books, and games
  15. Important documents in a waterproof container or watertight, re-sealable plastic bag insurance
    • Medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  16. Tools
  17. Full vehicle fuel tanks
  18. Pet care items
    • proper identification, immunization records, and medications
    • ample supply of food and water
    • a carrier or cage
    • muzzle and leash