Before a flood
• Assemble a disaster-supply kit.
• Make sure everyone knows the emergency phone numbers and when to call them.
• Learn evacuation routes and emergency-shelter locations.
• Make arrangements for housing should you need to evacuate.
• Establish meeting places and phone numbers in case family members are separated.
• Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity and water lines.
If a flood is imminent
• Store valuables and electronics higher on the ground floor, on the second story or in your attic.
• Ensure underground storage tanks are sealed and secure.
• Learn how to use sandbags and where you can get them.
• Keep storm drains free of leaves and other debris.
During and after a flood
• Don't drive or walk into flooded areas and avoid contact with floodwater.
• Safely turn off electricity to flooded area.
• Stop using plumbing that drains to the sewer system.
• If you have been exposed to floodwater or wastewater, change clothing and shoes and wash affected skin.
• Evacuate damaged buildings.
• Help neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled.
• Monitor the radio for instructions or notifications of shelters and medical aid stations.
More flood safety tips
USGS: State map of flood and high flow conditions
Green River Flood Evacuation Routes (PDF)
King County flood-warning line: River flows, flood-crest information, sandbag distribution — 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263
King County flooding services: What to do before, during and after a flood
National Flood Insurance Program: 800-611-6122
Pierce County flood alerts
Snohomish County flood warming system
Northwest river forecast center
Public Health- Seattle & King County: Cleaning a basement after a flood
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