Flood Damage Prevention Tips

Know The Flood Hazard to prepare ahead of time

  • To find out if a home is located in a regulated floodplain or is adjacent to a regulated floodplain, search the property using the NC Flood Risk Information System
  • Monitor real-time flood gauge data for Cabarrus County and North Carolina at NC Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network

Be Prepared to Protect Life and Property

  • Know how to shut off the electricity and gas in the house.
  • Make an emergency contact list and inventory household items, especially basement contents.
  • Identify a safe place to go in the event of flooding.
  • Inventory household items, especially basement contents.
  • Store valuables, insurance policies and important documents in a waterproof container, preferably upstairs.
  • Mark the fuse or breaker box to show the circuits to flood prone areas of the home.
  • Turn off the power to the basement in a flooding event. This can reduce property damage and save lives.
  • Store cleaning supplies, a camera, waterproof boots, etc. in a waterproof container.
  • Develop a family emergency plan and identify a safe place to go in the event of flooding. A template plan is available at http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/FamEmePlan_2013.pdf 
  • Visit Ready.gov to learn how to be prepared before, during and after a flooding event.
  • Do not drive on roads that have been closed due to flooding or that are flooded! Visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood-turn-around-dont-drown to learn about flood safety when driving and the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” campaign.
  • View low-cost options to reduce the risk for residential buildings and protect your home from flooding ahead of time.