Hurricane Harvey: Prepare for flooding, know what to do if it happens

Aug 25, 2017
If you see signs like this, as Bastrop did in 2013, don’t attempt to go around the sign.

Are you ready for Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that it might cause locally?

Don’t panic, but start gathering some supplies in one central location. If you don’t have all these items, it’s OK. Food and water are your priority.

A Texas Department of State Health Services’ website,, recommends these items in your emergency kit, which should be a portable container:

Put in your car in case you have to evacuate:

Be prepared with these items:

Know where these things are in your house:

What to do if it begins to flood

If you have time:

• Move items you want to protect to a higher floor.

• Turn off major appliances such as stoves, water heaters and air conditioning units, and unplug TVs, microwaves and computers.

• Turn off gas, water and electricity to your home if you know how and can do it safely.

• Don’t touch electrical equipment if it is wet or you are in standing water, even if you think you turned it off.

• Put sandbags around your property.

If you need to evacuate:

• Evacuate immediately if you are told to do so.

• Maintain contact with family through social media and texts.

• Listen to weather alerts by text, radio and online news sources.

• Don’t drive or walk in roads, walkways or bridges that have water on them.

• Stay away from fallen wires, flooded areas and debris.

If you cannot evacuate:

• Call 911.

• Go to the highest level of the building.

• Don’t climb into a closed attic unless you are trapped otherwise.

• Do not go onto the roof unless you have no other choice.

• If you are en route to evacuate and cannot, turn around and go to a building on higher ground.

• If your vehicle is trapped, climb onto the roof.

• If you are outside, climb as high as possible on a sturdy object.

After the flood

• Wait to hear that it is safe to return before heading home, or that it is safe to go outside if you are already home.

• Throw out any food in the refrigerator or freezer if power was lost.

• Clean and disinfect anything that was wet, and air it out.

• Call your insurance company if anything was damaged.