Flood Safety

Flood warnings are forecasts of impending floods and are distributed to the public by radio and television, by NOAA weather radio, and through local Yavapai County Emergency Management. The warning message tells the expected degree of flooding. Careful preparation and prompt response will reduce property loss and ensure personal safety. For information on the ALERT System, visit Flood Warning System.

There are techniques, known as retrofitting, which help protect existing buildings from flooding; such as, elevating the structure above flood levels, floodwalls, dry and/or wet floodproofing and sewer backup protection. The District can assist you in choosing the most appropriate measure.

Some rules to follow:

  • Never attempt to drive through water on a road. Water can be deeper than it appears, and water levels can rise very quickly.
  • Know the elevation of your property in relation to nearby streams and other waterways.
  • Make advance plans of what you will do and where you will go in a flash flood emergency.
  • Listen to area radio and television stations and NOAA weather radio.
  • Be prepared to move out of danger’s way; if you are on the road, watch for flooding at highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
  • Stay away from natural streambeds, arroyos, and other drainage channels during and after rainstorms.
  • Watch for signs of distant heavy rainfall.
  • Keep children away from floodwaters near culverts and storm drains.
  • Protect property with sand bags, relocate or elevate items of personal or economic value.
  • Disconnect and/or move equipment, appliances.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • Pets - Plan for pet disaster needs. If you evacuate your home take your pets with you, if possible; or plan in advance for shelter alternatives. For additional information please visit Ready.gov - Information for Pet Owners(PDF, 2MB) or contact your local Humane Society.
  • Links for Kids
    EPA Nonpoint Source Kids Page
    FEMA for Kids
    USGS Water Science for Schools

For more information, visit: Ready.gov, FEMA , and FloodSmart.gov