Prepare and Respond to Impending Floods

Floods March 16, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Response can be thought of as any immediate activity or action taken to save lives and property when a flood event is going to occur, and during and after a flood event. These activities may include things such as sandbagging, turning off utilities, and moving valuable items to higher floors. Response also includes sheltering and evacuation. 

Protect your property:

Protect your family:

Risk Management

Watch a Demonstration

  • How to Build a Sandbag Dike on frozen ground, a 5-minute video demonstration by Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Engineer.
  • How to Plug Drains to keep sewage from flowing in during periods of excessive rains or flooding, a 12:56-minute demonstration by Carl Pedersen, North Dakota State University Extension Educator.
  • Sandbagging Safety Tips include how to fill, lift and pass sandbags; what to wear and eat; and more from North Dakota State University
  • Preparing to evacuate your home when flooding is imminent:
  • Coastal Hazards documents in the National Sea Grant Library.


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