Keep a battery powered radio tuned to a local station; follow all emergency instructions. Call Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management for current information on flood levels and road closures, 425-388-5088.
When flooding is imminent, but only if time permits:
Turn off all gas and water mains at the main valve.
If your main electrical switch is in a dry area, turn it off. If it is not, leave it on and get to safety.
Be prepared to evacuate. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Evacuation is much simpler and safer before flood waters become too deep for ordinary vehicles to drive through.
If you are caught in your building by rapidly rising water, call 911 for help. Bring your family and pets to a higher floor or to the roof. Take warm, weatherproof clothing, a flashlight, a portable radio, and a cellular phone.
Stay out of flooded areas.
Climb to higher ground and stay there until the flood waters recede or until you are rescued.
Do not drive where water is over the road. Flooded roads may obscure high hazard situations such as washouts. Do not drive past barricades.
If you come to a flooded area, turn around immediately and go another way.
If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it as soon as possible. Walk to higher ground in the direction you came from.
Keep your radio tuned to a local station and listen for flood updates and road closures.
Follow recommended evacuation routes. Back roads and shortcuts may be blocked by flood waters. Most deaths from floods occur when people drive on flooded roads.