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Floods


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Protect Yourself and Your Family


Here’s what you can do to stay safe during a flood:



At Home


  • If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic or roof.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
  • Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if advised to do so.
  • If you've come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.


When Outside


  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and two feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding. Flash floods are the No. 1 cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Flood Watch = Be Aware. Conditions are right for flooding in your area.

Flood Warning = Take Action. Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly



Know Your Risk


Check FEMA’s flood map service center for your area to see the flood risk for your community.

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Flash Flooding


  • Floods kill more people on average than tornadoes and lightning combine. Most flood deaths are due to flash floods.
  • Flash floods are often the result of heavy rains associated with severe thunderstorms. You will not always have a warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming.
  • When a Flash Flood Watch is issued, be alert and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice.
  • When a Flash Flood Warning is issued, or the moment you realize a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. You may only have seconds.
  • Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are automobile related. In your auto, look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges or low areas.
  • Do not drive through flowing water. A mere two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.


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Mission Statement

The Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management Program along with community stakeholders strives to be a national model of best practices in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery against high-impact events to reduce loss of life, damage to property and harm to the environment. The Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management Program promotes enhanced regionalization of emergency management across southwest Missouri.

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Contact Us

Office of Emergency Management Greene County Public Safety Center
330 W Scott Street
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 869-6040 (417) 869-6654 oeminfo@greenecountymo.gov

Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (except holidays). A staff member assigned as Duty Officer maintains an on-call, 24/7 status.