Prepare for Flooding

  1. Things You Can Do
  2. City Resource Links
  3. State Resource Links
  4. County Resource Links
  5. Federal Resource Links

Prepare for flooding by doing the following:

  • Have Flood Insurance on your property and also on its content.
  • Know how to shut off the electricity and gas to your house when a flood comes.
  • Make a list of emergency numbers and identify a safe place to go to meet.
  • Make a household inventory.
  • Put insurance policies, valuable papers, medicine, etc. in a safe place.
  • Collect and put cleaning supplies, camera, waterproof boots, etc. in a handy place.
  • Develop a disaster response plan.
  • Do not drive in flooded areas.
  • Be aware that some areas are more prone to flooding, like:
    • Low lying areas.
    • Choke points such as bridges or narrow creek ways.
    • Areas close to a creek.
    • Other areas designated a Special Flood Hazard Areas.
  • Review the City’s Emergency Preparedness Plan (PDF).
  • Know the advanced warning signals (Sirens) and then turn to radio or television for further information and instruction.
  • Sign up for CodeRed and City’s email system to receive important notifications.
  • Follow the established evacuation routes when evacuation is called for:
    • Farm to Market Road (FM) 518/Friendswood Drive
    • FM 528/Parkwood Avenue
    • FM 2351/Edgewood Drive
  • Prepare by having a week’s worth of supplies for your needs.
  • Make sure pets are also a part of you evacuation plan.
  • Visit the Red Cross website for a copy of the "Family Disaster Plan" brochure
  • Get a copy of "Repairing Your Flooded Home" from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), or visit the Friendswood Library.
  • View a "What to do with Disaster Debris" video to learn the appropriate way that flood-damaged debris should be separated for efficient removal after a disaster.
  • Consider some permanent flood protection measures.
  • Mark your fuse or breaker box to show the circuits to the floodable areas.
  • Elevate your house above flood levels.
  • Prevent sewer back up flooding by installing a:
    • Floor drain plug.
    • Overhead sewer.
    • Sewer backup valve.
    • Stand pipe.