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Human Resources Department

Occupational Safety & Health Unit

Emergency Action Plan – Flood

Flood sign in easl on side of flooded road

Floods can results from natural causes or from equipment or human error. It is important that an organization addresses all potential eventualities when developing their response plans. It is recommended that the plan employs an incremental response approach depending on the extent or severity of potential and actual damage. An equipment failure or human error may result in localized damage and may only affect a small area: a building or a neighborhood and can be easily controlled. A flood from natural causes will typically affect whole communities and result in significant damage to the environment. A flood of this kind may result from an extensive rain event or, in susceptible areas, a tsunami following a very large off-shore earthquake. In addition to protection of the community a responder organization has a duty through training and information to protect its employees who are being exposed to a hazardous situation.

In the case of floods, there may be more damage than just from the water. A good flood plan will also address the possibility of other hazards such as electrical hazards or mold growth and debris.

To get more information on the applicability of flood safety programs for a specific County operation please contact the corresponding departmental Safety Coordinator.

For further information on specific regulatory guidelines please refer to the link(s) below:

Emergency Action Plan

OSHA Topic

NOAA Flood Safety (Flood specific)