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Flood Preparedness

GF Flood-1997

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.

However, all floods are not alike. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud, and other debris and can sweep away most things in its path. Overland flooding occurs outside a defined river or stream, such as when a levee is breached, but still can be destructive. Flooding can also occur when a dam breaks, producing effects similar to flash floods.

Be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying ground that appear harmless in dry weather can flood. Every state is at risk from this hazard.

Source: FEMA

Information for Families

Basic Emergency Supply Kit (document)
File Size: 52.55 kb

Evacuation Guidelines (document)
File Size: 47.97 kb

Evacuation tips (document)
File Size: 58.65 kb

Family Emergency Contacts (document)
File Size: 41.5 kb

Pets and Emergencies (document)
File Size: 55.22 kb

A Flood of Emotions (document)
File Size: 62.87 kb

Caring for important papers (document)
File Size: 58.57 kb

Hazardous Materials and Flooding Do Not Mix (document)
File Size: 52.7 kb

Helping Children Through the Flood (document)
File Size: 61.67 kb

Is Home-Frozen Food Safe to Use (document)
File Size: 55.08 kb

Salvaging After Flooding (document)
File Size: 58.99 kb

Salvaging Food After a Flood (document)
File Size: 61.04 kb

Information for Farmers

Preparing to evacuate your farm (document)
File Size: 53.77 kb

Flooded Farm Vehicles and Equipment (document)
File Size: 58.51 kb

Flooded Pesticides (document)
File Size: 60.24 kb

Protecting livestock during a flood (document)
File Size: 50.23 kb

Reconditioning Flooded Farm Implements (document)
File Size: 55.1 kb

Information for Homeowners and Renters

Steps to reduce flood and water damage (document)
File Size: 60.16 kb

Basements May Flood if Drainage is Poor (document)
File Size: 52.38 kb

Reduce Flooding from Drains (document)
File Size: 52.34 kb

Septic Systems and Flooding (document)
File Size: 52.61 kb

Sump Pump Questions (document)
File Size: 59.98 kb

Avoiding Groundwater Damage to Homes (document)
File Size: 63.45 kb

Cleaning and Repairing Flooded Basements (document)
File Size: 59.8 kb

Dry Out Before Rebuilding (document)
File Size: 65.14 kb

Drying and Repairing Walls (document)
File Size: 54.44 kb

First Entry of a Flooded Home - Precautions (document)
File Size: 60.49 kb

First Entry of a Flooded Home (document)
File Size: 58.48 kb

Flood-Damaged Furniture and Appliances (document)
File Size: 59.54 kb

Flood-Damaged Walls, Ceilings, and Floors (document)
File Size: 58.02 kb

Floods-Drying Out (document)
File Size: 63.1 kb

How To Make Temporary Structural Repairs (document)
File Size: 55.74 kb

Restoring Heating Systems After a Flood (document)
File Size: 57.78 kb

Salvaging After Flooding (document)
File Size: 58.99 kb

Flooding: Excess Rain and Basements (document)
File Size: 54.72 kb

Hazardous Materials and Flooding Do Not Mix (document)
File Size: 52.7 kb


For more information about flood preparedness, please contact:

Cecily Fong
Public Information Officer
Fraine Barracks Lane - Building 35
PO Box 5511
Bismarck, ND 58504
T: 701.328.8100
F: 701.328.8181
Toll Free: 800.773.3259


USACE Flood Fight Handbook
File Size: 1086.16 kb

This site updated as of 5/18/2019.