Preparing for floods during the monsoon season in Arizona requires effort to mitigate the risks associated with heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding. With monsoon season creeping up on us quickly (June 15th), here are some steps you can take to prepare for potential floods:
Watch the Weather Channel
Stay updated on weather forecasts and pay attention to flood watches and warnings issued by local authorities. Sign up for emergency alerts through your county or city's notification system.
Determine if your property is in a flood-prone area. Research historical flood data and consult flood maps provided by local authorities. This information will help you understand the level of risk and plan accordingly.
Consider installing flood barriers or sandbags to redirect water flow away from your property. Place these barriers where water is likely to enter, such as doorways, windows, and low-lying areas. If your property is susceptible to crawl space flooding, you could consider installing a sump pump. This device can help remove excess water and prevent flooding in lower areas of your home.
Did you know that our local fire stations supply residents with free sandbags? Bring a shovel, as they will provide sand, but you will need to bag it.
Clean Out Your Gutters
Ensure that your property's drainage systems, including gutters, downspouts, drains, and washes are clear of debris and functioning properly.
Know When to Go
Develop an evacuation plan for your household in case flooding becomes severe or you receive an evacuation order. Determine multiple evacuation routes and establish a meeting point for your family members. Also, assemble an emergency kit packed with essential supplies such as bottled water, non-perishable food, first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, a battery-powered radio, and a portable phone charger. Include any necessary medications and pet supplies if applicable.