Protect People 

Protect people from flood hazard.


  • Prepare your family (FEMA “Know Your Risks brochure). 

  • Do not walk through flood waters. 

  • Do not drive through a flooded area. 

  • Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.


 PHOTO TO THE RIGHT:   Topsail Island, N.C., September 6, 1996 -- An Urban Search and Rescue team inspects damaged and destroyed property for people who have been reported missing after Hurricane Fran. Photo by Dave Gatley/ FEMA News Location: Topsail Island, NC.​

Turn around, don't drown!

Most flood fatalities happen because people try to drive through deadly waters rather than avoid them. (Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency, 2005)


  • Pay attention to barricades. Don't ignore them by driving past them.

  • Do not drive through standing water on roads or in parking lots.

  • The average automobile can be swept off the road in 12 inches of moving water, and roads covered by water are prone to collapse. 

  • Attempting to drive through water also may stall your engine, with the potential to cause irreparable damage if you try to restart the engine. 

  • If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route.