Flood Preparedness

Before, During and After a Flood

Tips for your family to prepare for flooding.

Before a Flood

Know if you are in a flood prone area and what you can do to prepare:
  • Call (253) 798-2725 or request a free map showing the flood risk on your property. Please include your parcel number in the request. [Parcel numbers are available by visiting the Parcel & Property Information page, clicking "About My Property", and entering your street address.]
  • You can also call the phone number above to learn how you can build safely or improve your home in preparation for the next flood.
  • Buy flood insurance. Visit floodsmart.gov or contact your agent.
  • Have an emergency plan for home, work and school.
  • Know several safe routes to high ground from your home, school or business.
  • Establish meeting places in case family members are separated.
  • Designate an out-of-state emergency contact to call if local phone lines are down.
  • Assemble an emergency kit.  Learn more about the supplies and tools you should prepare. 
  • Coastal residents need to secure loose items so waves and storm surges do not pick up the items, potentially injuring someone or damaging property.
  • Learn more about how you can prepare for an emergency

During a Flood

  • Do not walk or drive through flooded areas. Follow recommended evacuation routes.
  • Monitor local news for emergency updates. Be prepared to evacuate. If you are advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it and walk to safety in the direction you came from.
  • If you are unable to safely leave a building due to rising water, first call 911. Then, move to a higher floor or the roof. Take warm, waterproof clothing, a flashlight, a cell phone and a battery or solar powered radio.
  • If possible, turn off all utilities, including power and gas. Do not touch any electrical equipment unless it is completely in a dry area.

After a Flood

  • Only go home when authorities say it is safe.
  • Before re-entering your home, be cautious of potential structural damage, gas leaks, electrical shorts and live wires.
  • Have a professional check your heating, electrical panel, outlets and appliances for safety before you use them.
  • For safe clean-up of food, water supply and property contact the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department at (253) 798-6470.
  • Pump out flooded areas gradually to avoid structural damage.
  • Document your losses. Photograph damages and record repair costs. Contact your insurance agent for flood loss claims.
  • Before you begin repairs, get a permit. Contact Planning and Land Services at (253) 798-3739.

Additional Information

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Mailing Address:
2702 S 42nd St, Ste 201
Tacoma, WA 98409-7322