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.

Stay Informed

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

Create a Family Plan

Create a family plan to stay in touch with your family and friends in the event of a flood (or any disaster).

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 that includes food, water and first-aid supplies.

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. Check your tire treads and windshield wipers, 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 effect.

Additional Information

For additional storm preparation information visit the floods section of the website or the Arizona Emergency Information Network website.