Before a flood

  • Do you live at the beach, in a floodplain or below a dam? The cliché "A picture is worth a thousand words" is a relevant phrase. Check with your insurance carrier about a flood insurance policy. Take pictures of your belongings, important documents, and keep them safe for insurance purposes.
  • Disaster supply kit. As with earthquakes, "Be Prepared" by packing clothes and other important supplies ahead of time in case you need to head for higher ground. Identify where you will go if told to evacuate--friend's, motel, Red Cross shelter.
  • Leaking building. Report any leakage around windows, ceilings, basements, pool to Facilities Management Service Center as soon as you detect a problem. However, following rain, work will be delayed until the area dries out

When a flood occurs

Leaving campus. If we are receiving a tremendous amount of rain at one time during the work day, only a Presidential declaration will allow for a campus closure. Since there is a chance that streets will be flooded, plan alternate routes and to arrive home late. Try not to drive through water of unknown depth covering a street. If you are caught and stall in rapidly rising water, and it is safe to leave your vehicle, abandon it and get to higher ground.

Following the flood

  • Food and water. Don't eat food that has come in contact with flood waters and drinking water should be tested before using.
  • Be cautious when driving. Chances are we will all return to work the day following a heavy rain. Try and avoid flooded areas.