Visit the websites below for more information to help you be aware, be prepared, and take action in case of a flood emergency. By preparing now, you are greatly improving the chances of survival for you and your loved ones.
Be Aware of Your Flood Risk
There are over 1,100 miles of levees protecting 700,000 acres of land in the Delta, and no matter how well built the levee, no levee is flood-proof. Know as much as you can about the threat of flood – your knowledge will be crucial to your household’s safety.
Understand Your Potential Flood Risk Near your Home
Know Flood Warning Terminology
- Flood Watch means it is possible that flooding will occur in a specified area. Be alert and prepared for a flood emergency.
- Flood Warning means flooding is occurring or is imminent in a specified area. Move to safe ground immediately.
- Flash Flood Warning means sudden and violent flood is occurring or is imminent in a specified area. Take immediate precautions to protect life and property.
Check Weather and River Conditions
Reach Out to Delta Area Offices of Emergency Services (OES)
- Sacramento County OES (916) 874-4670
- Yolo County OES (530) 406-4930
- Contra Costa County OES (925) 646-4461
- San Joaquin County OES (209) 953-6200
- Solano County OES – (707) 784-1600
Signup for Emergency Alerts
- Sacramento County Emergency Alert System
- Yolo County Emergency Alert System
- Contra Costa Emergency Alert System
- Solano County Emergency Alert System
Be Prepared for a Flood Emergency
Emergency Preparedness Kits
In the event of a flood, you may need to evacuate at a moment’s notice, and/or survive on your own for at least 72 hours or longer. This means: food, water and medications at minimum. Keep these and other critical supplies in for you and your household, including pets. The supplies should be ready to “grab and go” in the event of an evacuation.
Emergency Communication and Evacuation Plans
Nobody knows when a flood may happen. You won’t necessarily have much warning, and your family may be scattered, at work, running errands or traveling. It’s important that everyone in your household know what to do and where to go if an emergency occurs, so that you can communicate and find each other. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has an excellent emergency plan template. The important questions are already there, just fill it in, print it out and make sure everybody has one.
Understanding what to do in an flood emergency can save lives. Choose a family meeting place and have a plan for how to communicate during an emergency. The plan should also contain how to leave your home during flood warning and evacuation routes. Visit these webpages for more information:
Other Helpful Links
- Yolo County Evacuation Map
- Be Red Cross Ready
- Sacramento County Storm Ready
- Preparing for Floods
- Flood Safety Checklist (PDF)
- Protecting your Property from Flooding
- Flood Insurance
For more information contact Stacy Hayden.