Emergency Preparedness

  1. Things You Should Do
  2. Things You Should Know

Prepare Yourself

It’s important to understand what it means to live behind a levee. No levee is flood-proof, flooding will happen. You need to be prepared to act when a flood occurs because the sooner you act, the better off you will be. To learn about levee lingo and four important facts you should know about levees, we encourage you to read this booklet and mentally prepare yourself.

Make a Plan

There are things you can do before a flood happens to protect your family and property. If you live behind a levee, make a plan and take steps to reduce the risk of flood damage. Your plan should include how to communicate, when to shelter in place, when to evacuate and where to meet. Don’t forget about pets and practice, practice, practice!  For tips, ideas and simple forms to help document your plan, please visit the following resources:

Build a Kit

In the event of disaster, first responders may not be immediately available to help you. Being prepared means taking responsibility for yourself and your loved ones. Have basic supplies on hand and keep them in an easy-to-carry kit that you can take with you if you have to evacuate. Make sure you have enough supplies for three days!  For a list of basic supplies you should have on-hand, and ideas about other items you may want to include based on the type of disaster most likely to impact this community, please visit the following resources: