Vermont’s rivers, streams and lakes can be harmful to our health and safety when they flood. Learn about the steps you can take to stay safe before, during and after a flood.
Flood Watch means a flood is possible in your area.
Flood Warning means a flood is about to happen or is happening in your area.
- Prepare a family emergency kit. Check out the Get a Kit page from the CDC for tips on what to include.
- Keep your cell phone charged.
- Move important things to the upper floors of your home.
- Bring outdoor equipment like trash cans or lawn furniture inside or tie them down securely.
- Fill bathtubs, sinks and jugs with clean water. This water can be used for drinking, washing and cleaning the toilet.
- Inform local authorities about any special needs that could affect someone’s well-being in a flood, for example, a person confined to bed, or someone with a disability that affects mobility.
- Gather your emergency supplies and stay tuned to local radio or television station for updates.
In a Car
- Do not drive around barriers.
- Do not use roads that are marked as closed. Follow detours.
- Listen to public safety officials.
- Do not drive through flood water. Even water that is not deep can float a car.
- If your car stops in water, get out of the car and move to higher ground.
- If possible, avoid driving at night when it is hard to see.
- If there is water coming near your house, don’t wait – get out and move to higher ground.
- If you need to find a shelter, dial 2-1-1 on your phone to find Vermont resources near you.
- If you touch flood water, wash your hands with soap and clean hot water.
- Do not eat or drink anything that has touched flood water.
- Stay away from flood water. Water can be very deep and can rise quickly.
- Do not walk through flood water. Even water that is not deep can move quickly and be dangerous.
- Stay away from fallen electricity lines. Electricity can travel through water and hurt or kill you.
- Do not go into a home that is flooded unless you are sure that the power has been turned off.
- Know where your electrical breaker box is and turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuate.
- Know where your gas and water shutoff valves are and turn off gas and water before you evacuate.
- Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and make sure the emergency kit for your car is ready.
- Gather essential documents like medical records, insurance cards and ID cards and put in a waterproof bag or container to carry with you during evacuation.
- If you have pets, identify a shelter that will let you bring them with you.
- Tune into the radio or television for weather updates.
- Listen for disaster sirens and warning signals.
- Put livestock in a safe area.
- Turn the thermostat on refrigerators and freezers to the coldest temperature possible to help protect your food from spoiling.