Flood Survival Tips

With the monsoon still active in Southern Arizona, it's important to realize that flooding and flash floods can occur with little warning. As part of National Preparedness Month, emergency agencies are trying to get the word out about potential disasters and how to handle them. The local effort is called Be Prepared Tucson.

A special website with flood information from the Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) offers safety tips, such as building water barriers, staying away from power lines and electrical wires during and after flooding, watching for snakes and other creatures that could seek shelter in your home, being alert for gas leaks, and more.

Safety should also be practiced in vehicles, by avoiding water that is 6-inches deep or more. That depth can cause loss of control of the vehicle or possible stalling, and cars can begin floating in a foot of water.