If you are experiencing a life threatening situation, call 911. Otherwise contact your city to request help.
Before a flood:
- Prepare an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, drinking water, a flashlight, and basic medical supplies. Find a complete list of a basic disaster supplies kit at www.ready.gov/kit.
- If your basement has the potential for flooding, store your kit on a shelf and elevate boxes and other items off the floor.
During a flood:
- Do not walk or drive through moving water. Although appearing harmless, water only 7 inches deep can move rapidly and with great force, posing a significant threat.
- Never drive through a flooded road, always "Turn Around, Don't Drown".
- Stay away from downed power and electrical lines.
- Stay away from streams during storms as water can rise rapidly and without warning.
- Keep children away from creeks or storm drains during and after a storm.
After a flood:
- If the path is dry, turn off the electricity at the main breaker box or fuse box – if you have to step in water to do so, call an electrician.
- Don't use wet appliances or motors until they have been taken apart, cleaned and dried.
- Watch your step inside and outside: surfaces may be slippery and covered with debris.
- Use a flashlight to inspect for damage.
- Because it is difficult to identify if water in a basement is stormwater or from the sanitary sewer, treat all surfaces and furnishings as if they are unhealthy.
- Protect yourself with good personal hygiene: wear rubber boots and gloves; wash hands with soap and water; protect open sores or wounds from contact with the water.
- Disinfect and clean everything that got wet. If in doubt, throw it out.
- Visit Johnson County Wastewater for specific guidelines for cleaning up after a sewer backup.
- Find out if a "Boil Water" order is in effect for drinking water.