If flooding is imminent:

  • Turn off basement furnace and main gas valves. Unplug appliances and electronics.
  • Shut off electricity only if flooding has not yet begun and area around electrical panel is dry.
  • Move furniture and important belongings above ground level.
  • Plug basement sewer drains and shut off toilet connections.


If flooding has already begun:

  • If you have not already shut off electricity, DO NOT attempt to do so once water has entered your home.
  • DO NOT enter a flooded basement that may contain live wires or appliances.


After a flood:

  • Do not return home until authorities advise it is safe.
  • If the main power switch was not turned off prior to flooding, do not re-enter your home until a qualified electrician has determined it safe.
  • Use extreme caution when returning to your home after a flood. The water that flooded your home may have brought with it contaminates that could be harmful to you and your family.


Do not leave your animals inside your home or other buildings during a flood. Take them with you, or move outside animals to higher ground where there is no risk of flooding. Water is very destructive and take with it structures, fences, animals, vehicles. Have a Pet. Have a Plan.