After a flood
Check for structural damage that could cause the building to collapse before re-entering your home. Be cautious of potential gas leaks, electrical shorts and live wires.
- Use flashlights rather than lanterns or candles when re-entering a building in case of gas leaks.
- Have a professional check your heating system, electrical panel, outlets and appliances for safety before using.
- Call the gas company to have them turn the gas back on.
Follow Seattle-King County Public Health emergency procedures
- Learn more about emergency preparedness.
- How to clean a house after a flood.
- Cleaning a basement after a flood.
- Safe food and medicine after a flood.
- Septic tank systems during power outages or floods.
Document your losses and contact your insurance agent for flood loss claims
- Mark the high water point in your home or damaged structure.
- Photograph damages before you start clean up.
- Record all your repair costs.
Remove and empty sandbags
- Dispose of sandbags according to the rules of your city or neighborhood.
- Store sand for future use. Do not dump sand into the river or on its banks!
Apply for financial assistance
- Financial assistance is only available following a federal disaster declaration.
- Check your local news outlets for updates on disaster assistance and registration procedures.