Floods are one of the most common, and most costly, natural disasters. Preparing for flood situations can minimize injury to yourself and your family and speed recovery. If flooding should happen, knowing how to respond when your home, business, or farm is affected can also mitigate loss and injury.

  • Be prepared to evacuate quickly.
  • Prepare an emergency kit.
  • Do not drive or walk through standing or running water.
  • Do not drive around barricades.
  • Head to higher ground if a flash flood warning is issued for your area.
  • Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive into floodwater.
  • Be aware of possible structural damages.

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State and Federal Resources

  • Floods and Flash Floods

    Source: Ready Iowa

    Essential information on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from floods. It covers identifying flood-prone areas, assembling emergency supplies, and developing evacuation plans.


  • All-Hazards Preparedness for Rural Communities

    Source: The Center for Food Security and Public Health

    The booklet is divided into 4 sections: general preparedness measures, natural disasters hazards, biological emergencies, and manmade or technological threats.  Each section contains an overvi

  • Business Disaster Prep Checklist

    Source: Iowa State University

    Steps to build a business continuity kit and a task list to help mitigate loss.

  • Family Preparedness - Make a Plan

    Source: Ready Iowa

    You and your family may not be together when an emergency happens, so knowing what to do, where you will go, and how to get in touch with family members is important.

  • Flood Prep Checklist

    Source: Iowa State University

    Guideline to help mitigate loss in the event of unexpected flooding. Includes a checklist for items to remove and tasks to be completed.

  • Flooding and Your Family

    Source: North Dakota State University

    Guidance on managing various aspects of crisis preparedness and response.

  • Inundaciones: sugerencias útiles

    Source: South Dakota State University Extension

    Este artículo le da información acerca de cómo prepararse y estar listo para enfrentar una inundación.

  • Know DNR's Role in Disaster Response and Recovery

    Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources

    Floods can occur in many areas of Iowa not just along small streams, rivers and lakes.

  • Local Leaders' Role Before, During and After Disasters

    Source: National League of Cities

     Roles and responsibilities for local leaders before, during and after disasters

  • Preparación Para Todo Tipo de Peligros para las Comunidades Rurales

    Source: The Center for Food Security and Public Health

    El folleto está dividido en 4 secciones: medidas generales de preparación, peligros de desastres naturales, emergencias biológicas y amenazas tecnológicas o provocadas por el hombre.  Cada sec

  • Preparing for Flooding in Rural Areas

    Source: North Dakota State University

    As rural communities prepare for potential flooding, taking proactive steps can significantly reduce damage to homes, structures, and livestock.


  • Climate Toolbox

    Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

    A collection of web tools for visualizing past and projected climate and hydrology of the contiguous United States.

  • Real-Time Soil Moisture Data

    Source: Iowa State University

    At several weather stations across Iowa, the ISU Soil Moisture Network monitors the volumetric soil moisture at the 12-inch, 24-inch, and 50-inch depth. 


  • Disaster Preparedness for Companion Animals

    Source: ASPCA

    Here are simple steps you can follow now to make sure you’re ready before the next disaster strikes.

  • Prepare a sus Mascotas para los Desastres

    Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Incluye a tus mascotas en el plan de emergencia de tu familia.

  • Prepare Your Pets for Disasters

    Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    Include your pets in your family’s emergency plan. To prepare for the unexpected follow these tips with your pets in mind: make a plan, build an emergency kit, and stay informed.

Finance and Insurance

  • Emergency Financial First Aid Kit

    Source: FEMA

    The kit helps organize critical financial, medical, and household information and includes a checklist of important documents and forms to compile. 

  • Kit de Primeros Auxilios Financieros de Emergencia

    Source: FEMA

    El kit ayuda a organizar importante información financiera, médica y del hogar e incluye una lista de verificación de documentos y formularios importantes para recopilar. 

Health and Hazards

  • Flood Conditions and Your Septic System

    Source: University of Kentucky

    Prepare for high-water problems and respond appropriately to septic system flooding.


  • Flood Safety

    Source: Red Cross

    Protect yourself and family by knowing what to do before, during and after a flood.

  • Inundación Lista de Verificación Para la Preparación

    Source: Cruz Roja

    Protéjase a usted y a su familia aprendiendo qué hacer antes, durante y después de una inundación. 

  • Sandbagging

    Source: North Dakota State University

    A sandbag dike must be built properly to prevent or reduce flood damage. Since a dike will fail if not built correctly, training people on proper procedures for placing sandbags is very import