Monitoring the situation and get ready to potentially evacuate. The flooding may get much worse very fast. Keep in mind that the road providing access to your home may become impassible before water enters your house. Leave before the road is flooded.
If there’s time, the following steps can help limit damage:
Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuation appears necessary.
Move valuables, such as important papers, jewelry, and clothing to upper floors or higher elevations.
Fill bathtubs, sinks, and plastic soda bottles with clean water. Sanitize the sinks and tubs first by using bleach and rinsing.
Bring outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills, and trash cans inside, or tie them down securely.
For guidance in how to prepare an evacuation kit or stock emergency supplies ahead of time, visit Homeland Security and Emergency Management.