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Flooding can occur anywhere, in any season, at any time. It does not need to be raining for floods to impact lives and property. Flooding may develop in just hours or minutes from broken dams and levees, snowmelt, winter storms, flash floods, swollen creeks, rivers and streams, or from blocked drainage systems. Preparing for a flooding emergency is easy. It can save tens of thousands of dollars in damages to your property, and save your life. The small amount of time you invest will pay off in the event of an emergency. Use the following resources to build your emergency preparedness plan, and to learn tips for a faster recovery.
Learn what natural hazards exist in your neighborhood and how you can reduce your risk.
This booklet, prepared by the American Society of Civil Engineers, provides information that you can use to protect your home and family from floods. Learn more about the four essential levee facts: (1) Flooding will happen, (2) No levee is flood-proof, (3) Risks associated with flooding vary, and (4) Actions taken now will save lives and property.
Learn what you should do to prepare for a disaster. Click here for tips on what to do before,
during, and after floods and other related information. Also click here
for steps to take to recover from a disaster.
This brochure provides useful information on preparing for floods.
The California Emergency Management Agency developed this brochure on being prepared before, during, and after a flood.
Sacramento Ready is a regional partnership of local government agencies working to provide emergency preparation and response information to people in the Sacramento area.
Review the latest river conditions for your area.

Red Cross Resources
The American Red Cross helps prepare communities for emergencies and keep people safe. The following websites contain valuable information:
Don't wait until the last minute to figure out what to do when it floods. Be prepared.
Find information to help you prepare for flooding, respond effectively during flooding, and take steps to stay safe after flooding has occurred.
This website provides a way for you to register yourself as “safe and well” so other family members know you are okay.
The Red Cross is most well-known for sheltering and feeding people in need after a disaster. The Red Cross provides meals and snacks to families and to emergency workers in affected areas and opens shelters for those displaced by a disaster. Go here to search for open American Red Cross shelters.
Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. Access this interactive site to help prepare for emergencies.
Purchase an official Red Cross emergency preparedness kit online (or go to your local American Red Cross [ARC] chapter; for a list of chapter contacts, go to:; chapters serving communities with LFPZ areas include - ARC Central Valley, ARC of Northeastern California, ARC Sonoma, Napa, and Lake Counties, and Capital Region Chapter).


Be PreparedBuy Flood InsurancePrevent ProblemsProtect Your Property