Department of Emergency Management
123 5th Ave N.,
Okanogan, WA 98840
Sheriff Frank Rogers, Director
Scott Miller, Emergency Manager
Glenda Beauregard, Program Specialist
POTENTIAL FLOODING OKANOGAN RIVER
(TONASKET AREA) MAY 2013!
ABOUT FLOOD EMERGENCIES
Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States,
destroying thousands of homes and costing billions of
dollars each year. No matter where you live, you should be
prepared for a flood emergency — especially if you live near
water, in a low-lying area or down-stream from a dam.
Floods can occur in different ways. Some develop slowly
during an extended period of rain, or in a warming trend
following a heavy snow. Others, like flash floods, can
happen very quickly, without any visible signs of rain. Even
small streams and dry creek beds can overflow to produce
FLOOD PREPAREDNESS - GENERAL
Take the following steps to prepare for a flood emergency:
Get an emergency supply kit that includes
enough provisions for you and your family to live on for
a minimum of three days.
Make an emergency plan for you and your
Learn about the emergency plans that have been
established in your area by your state and local
www.floodsmart.gov to find
out if your home is at risk for a flood.
Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in
your home if you live in an area that has a high flood
Consider installing "check valves" to prevent flood
water from backing up into the drains of your home. As a
last resort, use large corks or stoppers to plug
showers, tubs, or basins.
If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from
entering the building and seal walls in basements with
Property insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Talk
to your insurance provider about your policy and
consider if you need additional coverage. You may also
want to learn about the
National Flood Insurance Program.
Understand the difference between a flood watch and a
Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather
Radio, commercial radio, or television for
Flood is occurring or will occur soon; if
advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
FLOOD FACTS FOR DRIVING
Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most
passenger cars causing loss of control and possible
A foot of water will float many vehicles.
Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles
including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups.
WHAT TO DO IN A FLASH FLOOD
Flash floods occur within six hours of the beginning of
heavy rainfall. Below are some guidelines for keeping safe
during a flash flood:
Understand the difference between a Flash Flood Watch and a
Flash Flood Warning:
Go to high ground immediately.
Get out of areas subject to flooding, such as low spots,
canyons, washes, etc.
Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream on foot. Even
water only six inches deep, when moving at a high rate
of speed, can knock you off your feet.
Never drive through flooded areas or standing water.
Shallow, swiftly flowing water can wash a car from a
roadway. Also, the roadbed may not be intact under the
If the vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek
higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the
vehicle and its occupants.
Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to
recognize flood dangers.
Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and
washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
To prepare your own pet checkout
check out our
Preparedness Pet Owner Guide.
View the CEMP and
HazMat Plans at: