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Annual ‘Be Flood Ready’ brochure helps residents prepare for flooding in King County


The 2020-2021 “Be Flood Ready” brochure is now available to King County residents to help them prepare for the flood season.


King County experienced some of the most severefcd_color_logo floods of recent years with seven significant flood events and record rainfall last flood season. Floods are dangerous and destructive, threatening public safety, blocking the movement of people and goods, and causing significant damage.
To help residents prepare for the current flood season, which began Oct. 1 and stretches on for several more months, the King County Flood Control District has launched the 2020-2021 “Be Flood Ready” brochure.

The “Be Flood Ready” brochure is available in 23 translated languages on the Flood Control District website as well as King County’s website

This guide to flood preparedness includes information on:

- How to sign up for flood alerts.
- Recommended emergency kit supplies.
- What to do before, during and after a flood.
- Expected flood impacts for seven King County rivers and streams.

In addition to being available online, the brochure was also mailed to King County residents living in proximity to the 100-year floodplain. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 100-year floodplain is the area expected to flood during a flood event that has a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year.

During river flooding events, King County serves as a clearinghouse for information on flood conditions, operating a recorded message center with continuous updates of river gauge readings and flood phases and other related information. Reach the Flood Warning Center at 206-296-8200 or 1-800-945-9263. Interpreter assistance in multiple languages is available at 206-477-4812.

To learn more about how to prepare for flooding, including how to use sandbags to protect property, please visit

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The King County Flood Control District is a special purpose government created to provide funding and policy oversight for flood protection projects and programs in King County. The Flood Control District’s Board is composed of the members of the King County Council. The Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks develops and implements the approved flood protection projects and programs. Information is available at