Flood Preparedness and Safety

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”.