Flash Flood - Are you ready for a flood or flash flood?
Know What to Expect
Know your area's flood risk - if unsure, call your local American Red Cross Chapter at 831-462-2281. If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood. You can view the Flood Focus Brochure, the Flood Map and the Current River Levels (Pajaro River):
Information About Floods & How to Prepare for Them
Floods can take several hours to days to develop.
Flash floods can take only a few minutes to a few hours to develop.
A flash flood WATCH means flash flooding is possible in your area.
A flash flood WARNING means a flash flood is occurring or will occur very soon.
Prepare a Home Flood Plan
Check your homeowner's or renter's insurance to see if it covers flooding. If not, find out how to get flood insurance.
Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box.
Assemble a flood safety kit containing the following:
First Aid Kit
Canned food and a non-electric can opener
Rubber boots and rubber gloves
Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries
Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places; a friend's home in another town, a motel or a shelter.
When a Flood Watch is Issued
Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
When a Flood Warning is Issued
Listen to local radio and television stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.
When a Flash Flood Watch is Issued
Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice. Or if you think a flash flood has already started, evacuate immediately. You may have only seconds to escape. Act quickly!
Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades, they are there for your safety.
If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.