Time to ‘Spring’ into Flood Season | Carson Tahoe Health

Be prepared in case of a flood! As you probably know, there was a record snowpack in the Sierra Nevada’s this past winter. The Carson City Emergency Manager has announced we will see flooding, however, the extent of it depends on how much additional precipitation we get and how quickly the weather warms up.

Here are some helpful tips & resources to help keep you and your family safe (and dry!) during flood season.

  • It’s time to start making plans based on the information we’ve been given – be prepared!
  • Have a Disaster Plan/Supplies at home
  • Have a two week supply of food, water, medications, toiletries, etc.
  • Develop a plan for your family and pets in case you can’t get home
  • Have alternate routes to work/home planned out in case of road closures due to flooding
  • Plan for a fuel shortage
  • Now is the time to think ahead and ‘get ready’

Floods in General

Protecting yourself and your family begins by being prepared.   Check out these tips and other information in our associated pages to learn what precautions you can take to ensure your health, welfare, and safety.

Before The Flood Hits

Prolonged rainfall over several days can cause a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area. A flash flood from a broken dam or levee or after intense rainfall of one inch (or more) per hour often catches people unprepared. Regardless, the rule for being safe is simple: the head for the high ground and stay away from the water.

Flood Warning!

When you receive a flood warning, you can ease difficulties by double-checking your preparations.  Here are some thoughts for your consideration.

Flood Evacuation Checklist

If you are ordered to evacuate your neighborhood or Carson City because of flooding, you should consider those items essential to your immediate health and welfare.  Here is a simple list to get you started.   Consider taking the following items with you if you have to evacuate.

The Aftermath of a Flood

The aftermath of a flood is also a period of danger.   By following these precautions, you can protect yourself and your family.