Flood Preparedness and Safety

6 inches of rushing water can knock over a person.

Rushing Water can be dangerous (15-second video)

Heavy rains are anticipated, so be safe if you have to drive and avoid driving through any flooded streets.
See more tips below to make sure you are prepared.

Car in flood water.

Flooding can happen anywhere;
and flooding is Mecklenburg County’s most common -
and most expensive - natural disaster.



Safety Tips: Before, During & After a FloodSafety Tips: Before, During & After a Flood
Stay Safe: Buy Flood InsuranceStay Safe: Buy Flood Insurance
View the Latest Rainfall & Creek DataView the Latest Rainfall & Creek Data
Watch Flood Safety VideosWatch Flood Safety Videos
Returning Home After a Flood ToolkitReturning Home After a Flood Toolkit
Helpful ResourcesHelpful Resources

Safety Tips: Before, During & After a Flood

Tips to Prepare for Flooding

  • Make a plan for your household so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding.

  • Build a "Go Kit" of the supplies you will need if you have to quickly evacuate your home.

Tips for Staying Safe During Flooding

  • Depending on where you are, go to the safe location that you have identified. If you are not able to shelter in place or with family, go to a public shelter.

  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions regarding flooding.

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.

  • Do not walk or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

Tips for Staying Safe After Flooding

  • Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.

  • Avoid driving except in emergencies.

  • Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.

  • Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris.

Stay Safe: Buy Flood Insurance

View the Latest Rainfall and Creek Data

FINS questions? Contact:

Joshua McSwain

IT Project Manager

Watch Flood Safety Videos 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services has created a series of videos to communicate important flood safety information. Click the links below to watch the videos on YouTube.

These six 15-second call to action videos help heighten awareness about the danger of flooding. 
15-Second Videos

These two humorous, yet informative 30-second videos feature an overzealous driving instructor named Pam teaching her students the importance of "Turning Around" when approaching floodwaters. 
30-Second Videos

Returning Home after a Flood Toolkit

Check out these helpful resources to ensure you return home safely after a flood. Documents last updated in Fall 2020.

Helpful Resources


John Wendel, Mecklenburg County 

Senior Communications Specialist, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

Lynda Anello, City of Charlotte

Senior Public Information Specialist, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

Hi, I’m John Wendel from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. Flooding is the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area’s biggest natural threat. With all the rain we get, we are prone to flash flooding. If you must go outside and encounter flooding, remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.