The information below provides a collection of links to useful tools that will assist you in preparing your own plan, evacuation route(s), and/or emergency kits in the event of a flood.
Before the Flood
You can do your part by knowing the risk of of flooding in your area, sign up for flood alerts, and prepare for evacuation when necessary.
- Read the Flood Control District’s annual Be Flood Ready Brochure. It has great information on flood preparation, provides river flood phase information, and is interpreted in over 20 languages.
- Check out the Flood Risk Map to see if you are located within a floodplain.
- Consider purchasing Flood Insurance. Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover damage caused by flooding, so ask about flood insurance coverage.
- Sign up for free automated Flood Alerts via e-mail, text, or voice messaging to receive alerts on the river(s) that impact you.
- Sandbags are a simple, yet effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage. Sandbag materials are free to King County residents.
- Learn how to build, maintain, and store a disaster supply kit.
- Explain flood dangers to younger family members. Public Health – Seattle & King County have great resources to help explain disasters and emergencies including Disaster Buddies coloring book and In Deep Water, a Survivor Tales comic book.
- Flooding can impact everyone. Make It Through has resources and helpful checklists for hearing challenges, mobility challenges, people with disabilities, special medical needs, visually impaired, and service animals.
Water is Powerful. Turn Around, Don’t Drown
During the Flood
- Contact the Flood Warning Center for up-to-date information and resources during a storm at 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263.
- Monitor weather reports and forecasts through the National Weather Service.
- Stay up-to-date on road closures in King County.