Storm Preparation & Recovery Tips
Flash Floods are the #1 cause of deaths each year associated with thunderstorms.
Maricopa County remains diligent in its efforts to ensure the community is prepared. Our Flood Control District maintains 321 precipitation gages and operates 38 real-time weather stations throughout the Maricopa County region. These devices measure the amount and timing of rainfall along with different combinations of temperature, humidity and wind speed/direction which is available on our Data Map. This data is used to issue storm alerts and inform local jurisdictions and public safety officials to take necessary action.
Keep tuned to local radio and TV stations and weather websites:
- Sign-up to receive weather alerts.
- Visit this website to stay informed during a significant storm.
- Current weather conditions can be found on the National Weather Service website.
Create a Family Plan
Create a family plan to stay in touch with your family and friends in the event of a flood (or any disaster).
Keep the following in mind.
- Don't forget medicines and special-needs items.
- Choose a meeting place in case you get separated.
- Plan for your pets too.
Put together a "grab and go" emergency kit that includes food, water and first-aid supplies.
For Your Home
- First-Aid Kit
- Gas Storage for Vehicles
- Mobile Device Chargers
- Three Days of Water and Food
For Your Car
Make sure to have extra gas, a blanket, window breaking hammer. Check your tire treads and windshield wipers, consider replacement if needed.
Consider buying flood insurance because flood damage is not typically covered by homeowners' policies. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers flood insurance, which can be purchased through the insurance agent who handles your homeowners' policy. Note: There is a 30-day waiting period for a policy to go into effect.
For additional storm preparation information visit the floods section of the ready.gov website or the Arizona Emergency Information Network website.
Storm Recovery Tips
If your property experienced flooding in a recent storm, follow the following steps.
- Take photos and videos to document the damage to your property. You will also need to make a list of all items damaged, destroyed, or lost.
- Call your insurance agent and ask them if you have flood insurance and what you need to do in order to file a claim.
- Before doing any cleaning make sure that it is safe to do so. Make sure that any buildings are structurally sound and that they aren't about to collapse. Also the electricity and gas need to be secured so that there aren't any chances of accidental electrocution, or fire.
- Wear appropriate safety gear (like masks, gloves, and boots) when cleaning and removing items.
Report a Flood
Report any flooding that you experience or witness on the Report a Flood website, a site used by the District to identify flooding throughout the county.