Storm Preparation & Recovery Tips

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  1. Storm Preparation
  2. Storm Recovery

Flash Floods are the #1 cause of deaths each year associated with thunderstorms.

Maricopa County remains diligent in its efforts to ensure the community is prepared. Our Flood Control District maintains 321 precipitation gages and operates 38 real-time weather stations throughout the Maricopa County region. These devices measure the amount and timing of rainfall along with different combinations of temperature, humidity and wind speed/direction which is available on our Data Map. This data is used to issue storm alerts and inform local jurisdictions and public safety officials to take necessary action.


Keep tuned to local radio, TV stations and weather websites:


      Create a Family Plan

        Stay in touch with your family and friends in the event of a flood or any disaster. Pre-
        discuss this scenario and make sure everyone has the address and back-up
        information, if necessary. Keep the following in mind:
    • Don't forget medicines and special-needs items.
    • Choose a meeting place in case you get separated.
    • Plan for your pets too.

       Emergency Kit

        Put together a "grab-and-go" emergency kit for every family member that includes
        food (canned or anything else that lasts for more than 3 days),can opener, water,
        first-aid supplies, blanket, matches/lighter (in sealed plastic container), flashlight with 
        batteries, dog food (if you have a pet, leave food and water wherever they will be
        sheltered safely),  baby items (if you have one) and anything else that makes sense
        for your family.

        For Your Home

    • Cash
    • First-Aid Kit
    • Gas Storage for Vehicles
    • Generators
    • Mobile Device Chargers
    • Radio
    • Three Days of Water and Food
    • Store important documents, zip drives, money, and cell phone in waterproof Ziploc bags.

        For Your Car

        Make sure to have extra gas, a blanket, window breaking hammer, etc. Check your
        tire treads and windshield wipers and consider replacement if needed.



      Flood Insurance

       Consider buying flood insurance because flood damage is not typically covered by 
       homeowners' policies. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) offers flood 
       insurance, which can be purchased through the insurance agent who handles your
       homeowners' policy. Note: There is a 30-day waiting period for a policy to go into
Additional Information:  For additional storm preparation information visit the floods section of the website or the Arizona Emergency Information Network website