Flood Safety and Preparation Resources
“Stay Safe” is SEMSWA’s Public Awareness Plan which has been created to ensure that residents within SEMSWA’s jurisdiction know their risk, plan accordingly, and Stay Safe.
Every year during Flood Safety Awareness Month, SEMSWA educates citizens about how floods occur and what residents can do to safeguard their lives and property. To find out more about our events, visit the Calendar. Being outside the designated flood zone is not necessarily safe. More than 25% of all flood claims are from outside the flood zone.
You can be prepared by taking steps to reduce risk and knowing how to respond to a flood.
- Preparation & Response
- What to do in a Flash Flood
- Know Your Hazard
- Preparation & Response
- Be Prepared
- What do do in a Flash Flood
- Get Flood Insurance
- Build Responsibly
- Preserve the Floodplain
Be safe during a Flood
Hopefully, you never have to experience a flood firsthand. But if you do, there are a few things you can do to stay safe.
- When a flood warning is issued, heed official instructions.
- Don’t walk through a flooded area. Just six inches of moving water can knock you down.
- Don’t drive through a flooded area. Just two feet of water can lift and move a car, even an SUV. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else during a flood.
- Keep away from downed power lines and any other electrical wires—electrocution is often a major cause of death in floods.
- Watch out for animals who have lost their homes during a flood. Animals may seek shelter in your home and aggressively defend themselves.
Learn more about Flood Safety by reading the materials provided below and visit our Kids Corner and our Community Awareness pages.
Flood Information for Property Owners
Lenders, Real Estate, and Insurance Professionals
Determine if a Property is in the Floodplain
Flood Safe Activities
Flood Safety Family Emergency Plan
Flood Safety Kids Corner Emergency Plan
Flood Safety Kids Corner Parent Guide
Prepare for and Respond After a Flood, A Pocket Guide for Home & Property Owners
Protect Your Home or Business from Floods, A Pocket Guide for Home and Business Owners
Flood Insurance, A Pocket Guide for Property Owners in or Adjacent to the Floodplain
Information Provided by SEMSWA, A Pocket Guide for Real Estate and Insurance Agents (Being Revised per BW-12)
Construction Requirements for Work in Floodplains, A Pocket Guide for Contractors, Landscape Architects, Engineers, and Realtors
Planning and Constructing Home Improvements in the Floodplain, A Pocket Guide for Homeowners and Property Owners
UDFCD Real-Time Alert System Interface
Turn Around Don't Drown
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
FEMA Map Service Center
The Risk is Real, Flood Preparation and Safety
Most Popular Pages
For Park, Metro Dist. & HOA Maint.
Information For Businesses
- GESC Considerations for Pipe Relining Operations
- GESC Considerations for Minor Right of Way/Streetscape Construction
- GESC Considerations for Minor Commercial Construction
- Annual Bore Utility Permits
- Land Development Review Process Explained
- Am I in the Floodplain?
- Working in the Floodplain
- Maintaining your pond or other stormwater feature
- Grant Program
- Pollution Prevention