Flooding is America’s most common natural disaster because it can happen anywhere. Flooding is a result of extended periods of rain or melting snow. In the case of flash floods, unexpected heavy rainfall can lead to devastating results.
As with all natural disasters, it is best to plan ahead in case of a flood. Create an emergency kit with necessary items, including flashlights, batteries, medications, water, and non-perishable food for situations when you may not have electricity or access to these essentials. Clearly communicate to the members of your family where you will meet both within and outside your community before and after a disaster occurs.
Certain terms refer to different severity levels of the weather in your area. To clarify the difference, visit the National Weather Service list of advisories on our site.