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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - Page updated at 03:25 p.m.


Before a flood

• Assemble a disaster-supply kit.

• Make sure everyone knows the emergency phone numbers and when to call them.

• Learn evacuation routes and emergency-shelter locations.

• Make arrangements for housing should you need to evacuate.

• Establish meeting places and phone numbers in case family members are separated.

• Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity and water lines.

If a flood is imminent

• Store valuables and electronics higher on the ground floor, on the second story or in your attic.

• Ensure underground storage tanks are sealed and secure.

• Learn how to use sandbags and where you can get them.

• Keep storm drains free of leaves and other debris.

During and after a flood

• Don't drive or walk into flooded areas and avoid contact with floodwater.

• Safely turn off electricity to flooded area.

• Stop using plumbing that drains to the sewer system.

• If you have been exposed to floodwater or wastewater, change clothing and shoes and wash affected skin.

• Evacuate damaged buildings.

• Help neighbors, especially the elderly or disabled.

• Monitor the radio for instructions or notifications of shelters and medical aid stations.

More flood safety tips

USGS: State map of flood and high flow conditions

Green River Flood Evacuation Routes (PDF)

King County flood-warning line: River flows, flood-crest information, sandbag distribution — 206-296-8200 or 800-945-9263

King County flooding services: What to do before, during and after a flood

National Flood Insurance Program: 800-611-6122

Pierce County flood alerts

Snohomish County flood warming system

Northwest river forecast center

Public Health- Seattle & King County: Cleaning a basement after a flood