Flooding can occur at any time throughout the year. Flash flooding may occur quickly following an afternoon thunderstorm or during heavy rain events. It only takes a few inches of water to sweep a car or person away.

Remember – A Flash Flood Warning or Flood Warning means that flooding is likely in a given area. Flash flooding can occur rapidly with little warning. Flooding may occur over an extended period of time. Regardless, any type of flooding can be dangerous and has the potential to lead to the loss of life. Always monitor local media outlets and NOAA weather radio for up-to-date weather information.

How You Can Prepare Now

Make a Plan

Flooding can come with a variety of hazards. Know what to do when a flood occurs. Remember, never drive through standing water. Avoid flooded streets. If your home or office is prone to flooding, know where you will go when waters rise. You should never walk into flood waters, as moving water could easily knock you off balance. It only takes a few inches of water to knock you off balance or carry your car away.

Build a Kit

Have an emergency kit for home and work that contains the essential items you may need following a disaster. Visit the American Red Cross for more information on how to build a kit for you and your family. Remember, you may be on your own for several hours or several days. This includes periods of extended power outages.

Get Informed

Make sure you know how and when you will be alerted to emergencies both on campus and off campus. Get a NOAA Weather Alert Radio. This will alert you to severe weather watches and warnings impacting your area. Register for University emergency notification systems, such as text messaging. Also keep a battery powered radio with you at home and work. This will allow you to access up-to-date weather information if the power is lost.

Are You Insured?

Make sure you have insurance to cover flood damage. Many renters insurance and homeowners do not cover flood damage. Visit the NC Department of Insurance website for more information.

More Information


  • On-campus: Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management (828-262-4008)
  • Off-campus: Contact your local emergency management agency or the American Red Cross


  • On-Campus: Appalachian Police (828-262-8000) or 911
  • Off-Campus: 911