Prepare for Flooding

Prepare for flooding by doing the following:

  • Have Flood Insurance on your property and also on its content.
  • Know how to shut off the electricity and gas to your house when a flood comes.
  • Make a list of emergency numbers and identify a safe place to go to meet.
  • Make a household inventory.
  • Put insurance policies, valuable papers, medicine, etc. in a safe place.
  • Collect and put cleaning supplies, camera, waterproof boots, etc. in a handy place.
  • Develop a disaster response plan.
  • Do not drive in flooded areas.
  • Be aware that some areas are more prone to flooding, like:
    • Low lying areas.
    • Choke points such as bridges or narrow creek ways.
    • Areas close to a creek.
    • Other areas designated a Special Flood Hazard Areas.
  • Review the City’s Emergency Preparedness Plan (PDF).
  • Know the advanced warning signals (Sirens) and then turn to radio or television for further information and instruction.
  • Sign up for CodeRed and City’s email system to receive important notifications.
  • Follow the established evacuation routes when evacuation is called for:
    • Farm to Market Road (FM) 518/Friendswood Drive
    • FM 528/Parkwood Avenue
    • FM 2351/Edgewood Drive
  • Prepare by having a week’s worth of supplies for your needs.
  • Make sure pets are also a part of you evacuation plan.
  • Visit the Red Cross website for a copy of the "Family Disaster Plan" brochure
  • Get a copy of "Repairing Your Flooded Home" from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), or visit the Friendswood Library.
  • View a "What to do with Disaster Debris" video to learn the appropriate way that flood-damaged debris should be separated for efficient removal after a disaster.
  • Consider some permanent flood protection measures.
  • Mark your fuse or breaker box to show the circuits to the floodable areas.
  • Elevate your house above flood levels.
  • Prevent sewer back up flooding by installing a:
    • Floor drain plug.
    • Overhead sewer.
    • Sewer backup valve.
    • Stand pipe.