Skip Navigation
Page Background


Flooding can occur at any time of the year in Anne Arundel County. Flooding is extremely dangerous and can happen very quickly with little warning. When flooding occurs, it can cause a just a few inches or several feet of water. Flooding can be a result of heavy rain, tropical storms, hurricanes, storm surge, or dams overflowing. Flooding occurs quickly and may require evacuation.

What you should know about Flood Safety

Flash Flood

  • 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
  • There is typically a 30 day period between when you purchase a flood insurance policy and when it goes into effect
  • 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

Flood Warning vs. Flood Watch

Flood Warning vs. Flood Watch


Turn Around Don't Drown!

  • Reroute your travel away from the source of flooding
  • Just one foot of water can carry your vehicle away
  • Do not cross flooded bridges or roadways
  • If water rises around your vehicle but the water is not moving, exit the vehicle to higher ground



Severe Weather

Severe weather and tornadoes can strike at any time. It is important to heed all warnings from officials. These storms have the potential to bring hail, rain, strong winds, and lightning. Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and has the potential to extend 10 miles out from a thunderstorm. Tornadoes are very dangerous and can pack wind speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour. 

What you should know about Severe Weather


When located in a building

  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords
  • Avoid contact with plumbing
  • Stay indoors, away from windows and doors
  • Seek shelter in an interior room, such as a closet, bathroom, or basement, if possible
  • Get to the ground and cover your head and neck

When located in a vehicle

  • Safely exit the roadway and park, if possible
  • Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers
  • Avoid touching metal inside and outside of the vehicle
  • Remember! Rubber tires do not provide protection from lightning

When located outdoors

  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Move indoors as soon as you see or hear lightning
  • If you are in a forest, seek shelter in a low area under a thick growth of small trees
  • In an open area, go to a low place like a valley
  • In water, get to land and find shelter immediately