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, 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
Stay in touch with your family and friends in the event of a flood or any disaster. Pre-
discuss this scenario and make sure everyone has the "Meet-Up" address and a back-up address to reconnect in case that one is not accessible. What important phone numbers should everyone have in case of an emergency?
- Choose a meeting place that is on high ground but easily accessible in case you get separated.
- Plan for your pets too.
Put together a "grab-and-go" emergency kit for every family member that includes:
- Food (canned or anything else that lasts for more than 3 days)
- Can opener
- 1st-Aid supplies
- Matches/lighter (in sealed plastic container)
- Flashlight with batteries
- Dog food (if you have a pet' leave food and water wherever they will be sheltered safely)
- Baby items (if you have one)
- Medicines and special-needs items
- Anything else that makes sense for your family
For Your Home
- First-Aid Kit
- Gas Storage for Vehicles
- Mobile Device Chargers
- Three Days of Water and Food
- Store important documents, zip drives, money, and cell phone in waterproof Ziploc bags.
For Your Car
Make sure to have extra gas, a blanket, window breaking hammer, etc. Check your
tire treads and windshield wipers and consider replacement if needed.
BE FLOOD SMART.
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.
Reduce Your Flood Risk: A Resource Guide
You can play a vital role in reducing your own flood risk by, first, understanding it. You don't have to live near a wash, lake or river to be at-risk. Everyone is at-risk regardless of where you live. Read this guide to learn how you can help yourself to protect your family and property from severe flood damage.
When Floods Are Near, Steer Clear! ...Turn Around, Don't Drown!
Additional Information: For additional storm preparation information visit the floods section of the ready.gov website or the Arizona Emergency Information Network website.
AFTER A FLOOD
- Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may be electrically-charged from underground or downed power lines.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded.
- Avoid damaged roadways and be cautious of debris and road obstructions.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
STORM RECOVERY TIPS
If your property experienced flooding in a recent storm, proceed with the following helpful 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 it is safe to do so. Check to ensure that any buildings you are going into are structurally sound and aren't about to collapse. Be sure to also secure the electricity and gas to avoid any chances of accidental electrocution or fire.
- Wear appropriate safety gear (like masks, gloves and boots) when cleaning and removing items.
- If in doubt of safety, stay away and call an expert to assist you.
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.