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Flood Safety Social Media Toolkit

How to Use this Toolkit

The Flood Safety Social Media toolkit contains flood safety and preparedness messages you can share on your social media channels. You can either copy these messages directly or customize them to reach your audience.

What you should know about Flood Safety

  • Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
  • Check on your neighbors to make sure they’re okay.
  • Know what to do before, during, and after a flood.
  • Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  • Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media.
  • Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area.
  • If you are on high ground above flooded areas, being prepared to stay where you are may be the best protection.
  • Never drive or walk through flooded streets; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not go through flood waters.

Graphics & Outreach Materials

For more engaging content attach graphics, photographs and add a hashtag or emojis to social media posts.

Social Media Content



  • Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Get started here: www.ready.gov/plan #FloodSafety
  • Get your communication ON when the power's OFF by packing a hand-crank radio, solar or car phone charger & batteries. #FloodSafety
  • Where will your loved ones be in a flood? Create and practice your communication plan today! www.ready.gov/plan
  • Make a plan to connect during disasters by text, e-mail, social media & cell #FloodSafety

Build a Kit

  • If you’re already on “high ground” during a flood, stay where you are. Be prepared by having your supplies already stored. #FloodSafety
  • Gather the supplies you may need in case a flood leaves you without power, water or gas. Supply list: www.ready.gov/kit #FloodSafety
  • Gather & store supplies for all your common locations in case you need to stay in place during a flood. www.ready.gov/kit #FloodSafety

Alerts & Warnings

  • #FloodSafety term: Watch=floods are possible. Warnings= will occur soon, move to higher ground.
  • #FloodSafety term: flash flood warning = flooding is occurring; seek higher ground immediately. Listen to local officials.
  • #Wx Alert Term: Flood Warning means "Take Action!" because flooding is either happening or will happen shortly #FloodSafety
  • #Wx Alert Term: A Watch means “Be Aware” because conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area. #FloodSafety
  • #Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S. Sign-up for local alerts & warnings now before a flood impacts you. #FloodSafety
  • Timely info on weather conditions like a flood can make a big difference. Sign up for local alerts & warnings. #FloodSafety
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts can warn you about flash flooding. Take action if you receive an alert. #FloodSafety
  • Follow weather alerts in up to 5 locations using the @fema app. Learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmFEIBmnKFU

Know Your Risk

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

  • If you approach a flooded road, path, or walkway follow this rule: Turn Around, Don’t Drown®  #FloodSafety
  • Driving through flooded roadways can be deadly. Watch & share this @NWS video to see why: https://youtu.be/eI6mIlHKrVY #TurnAroundDontDrown
  • RT now: "When roads are flooded, Turn Around Don't Drown®! It may save your life!” #FloodSafety
  • As little as 12 inches of moving floodwater can be enough to float and carry away a small vehicle. Turn Around, Don't Drown®. #FloodSafety
  • Please share: "When roads are flooded, Turn Around Don't Drown®! It may save your life!” #FloodSafety
  • 6 inches of moving water can knock an adult off their feet. STAY AWAY from moving water! #FloodSafety
  • #FloodSafety: Driving thru 6 inches of standing water can cause vehicles to lose control & stall. Avoid flooded roads.
  • #FloodSafety: Be aware of areas where waters have receded. Roads may have weakened & could collapse under the weight of a vehicle.
  • 12 inches of water is enough to make most small vehicles float. Don’t drive through flooded roads. #FloodSafety
  • Even a small amount of floodwater can hide dangers such as road collapse and debris. #TurnAroundDontDrown #FloodSafety


  • Learn your evacuation routes today in case you’re directed to leave by local authorities due to a flood. #FloodSafety
  • Prepare for a #flood by knowing your evacuation routes, how you will get there, and where you will stay. #FloodSafety
  • Complete this Commuter Emergency Plan in case a flood disrupts your normal route: https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/commuter_emergency_plan.pdf #FloodSafety
  • Get your “go bag” ready today in case you need to leave quickly due to a flood. For supply info visit: www.ready.gov/kit #FloodSafety
  • If authorities advise or order an evacuation, do so immediately. But, do not enter floodwaters in order to evacuate. #Prepareathon #FloodSafety
  • If flooding is imminent or occurring, evacuate to higher ground if you are in a flood prone area. But, do not enter floodwaters in order to seek higher ground. #FloodSafety
  • Seek higher ground ASAP if a flood hits your area. More tips at: www.ready.gov/floods #FloodSafety

Personal Property

  • 30: The number of days it takes for flood insurance to begin. Don’t wait until it’s too late! https://www.floodsmart.gov/ #FloodSafety
  • Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more. #FloodSafety
  • A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs & replacement of personal possessions #FloodSafety
  • Prepare for a flood today by reviewing your property & flood insurance policies. #FloodSafety
  • Snap some pictures of your property & do an inventory. This will be handy if flood waters damage your property. #FloodSafety
  • Flood waters can damage important papers. Store critical docs in a waterproof container or electronically. #FloodSafety
  • Before a flood: reduce potential property damage by elevating utilities & installing sewer backflow valves. #FloodSafety
  • Prepare before a #flood by installing a water alarm in your basement. More tips: https://www.floodsmart.gov/flood/first-prepare-for-flooding #FloodSafety
  • Before a flood: reduce potential property damage by using flood damage resistant materials. #FloodSafety
  • Whether it’s a few inches or a mile high, flood insurance covers you for the unexpected: https://www.floodsmart.gov/  #FloodSafety
  • Are you floodsmart? Learn about the National Flood Insurance Program and prepare today: https://www.floodsmart.gov  #FloodSafety

Be Safe After a Flood

  • Watch your step! #Flood waters often hide sharp and dangerous debris like broken glass and metal! #FloodSafety
  • Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear like boots, gloves and safety glasses when it comes to moving debris!  #FloodSafety
  • Hands off! Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a storm or if it is wet to prevent being electrocuted! #FloodSafety
  • Flooded homes are hazards! Get a professional to check for loose wires, mold and hidden damage before re-entering! #FloodSafety
  • Avoid walking in floodwater. It can be contaminated with oil, gasoline, or sewage. #FloodSafety
  • Use generators or other gas powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows. #FloodSafety

Last Updated: 05/09/2024

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