Flood Safety

This page is designed to teach you how to stay safe in a flood event. If you know what to do before, during, and after a flood you can increase your chances of survival.

What is the difference between a Watch and a Warning

  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening.

  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur.

  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance.

  1. Before a Flood
  2. During a Flood
  3. After a Flood
Being prepared can save your life and give you peace of mind.
Create a Communications Plan
Whether it is having a specific person identified to contact for status updates or a safe location to meet up with family members, having a plan in place will give you peace of mind if disaster does strike.

Assemble an Emergency Kit

It is good practice to have enough food, water and medicine on hand at all times to last you at least 3 days in the case of an emergency. Water service may be interrupted or unsafe to drink and food requiring little cooking and no refrigeration may be needed if electric power is interrupted. You should also have batteries, blankets, flashlights, first aid kit, rubber boots, rubber gloves, and a battery operated radio easily available

Know Your Risk

Is your home, business or school in a floodplain? Where is water likely to collect on the roadways you most often travel? What is the fastest way to get to higher ground? Knowing the answers to these questions ahead of time can save your life.
Sign Up for Notifications
The Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service provides RSS feeds for observed forecast and alert river conditions to help keep the public informed about local water conditions.
Prepare Your Home
  • If you have access to sandbags or other materials, use them to protect your home from flood waters if you have time to do so. Filling sandbags can take more time than you may think.
  • Have a professional install check-valves in plumbing to prevent flood waters from backing up into the drains of your home. Make sure your electric circuit breakers, or fuses, are clearly marked for each area of your home.
  • Since standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding, ensure coverage by contacting your insurance company or agent to purchase flood insurance.  
Prepare your Family/Pets
You may be evacuated, so pack in advance. Don't wait until the last moment to gather the essentials for yourself, your family and/or your pets.
Charge Your Essential Electronics
Make sure your cell phone and portable radios are all charged in case you lose power or need to evacuate. Also make sure you have back-up batteries on hand.

If it is likely your home will flood, don't wait to be ordered to leave; evacuate yourself! Make alternative plans for a place to stay. If you have pets, take them with you or make arrangements to board them at a facility well away from the flooding danger.

Contact Us

  1. Morgan Hill Fire Department logo

    Jim Crawford
    Division Chief

    General inquiries: email

    Morgan Hill Fire Department
    15670 Monterey Road
    Morgan Hill, CA 95037

    Emergency: 911
    Ph: 408-778-3259


    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.