Flood Preparedness

Before, During and After a Flood Tips for your family to prepare for flooding. Before a Flood Know if you are in a flood prone area and what you can do to prepare:

  • Call XX or LINK to FLOOD MAPS to request a free map showing the flood risk on your property. Include your parcel number in the request.
  • You can also call the phone number above to learn how you can build safely or improve your home in preparation for the next flood.
  • Buy flood insurance. Visit floodsmart.gov or contact your agent.
  • Have an emergency plan for home, work and school.
  • Know several safe routes to high ground from your home, school or business.
  • Establish meeting places in case family members are separated.
  • Designate an out-of-state emergency contact to call if local phone lines are down.
  • Assemble an emergency kit.
  • Coastal residents need to secure loose items so waves and storm surges do not pick up the items, potentially injuring someone or damaging property.
  • For more information, go to Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management (DEM).

During a Flood

  • Do not walk or drive through flooded areas. Follow recommended evacuation routes.
  • Monitor local news for emergency updates. Be prepared to evacuate. If you are advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it and walk to safety in the direction you came from.
  • If you are unable to safely leave a building due to rising water, first call 911. Then, move to a higher floor or the roof. Take warm, waterproof clothing, a flashlight, a cell phone and a battery or solar powered radio.
  • If possible, turn off all utilities, including power and gas. Do not touch any electrical equipment unless it is completely in a dry area.

After a Flood 

  • Only go home when authorities say it is safe.
  • Before re-entering your home, be cautious of potential structural damage, gas leaks, electrical shorts and live wires.
  • Have a professional check your heating, electrical panel, outlets and appliances for safety before you use them.
  • For safe clean-up of food, water supply and property contact the Snohomish County Health District at 425.339.5200.
  • Pump out flooded areas gradually to avoid structural damage.
  • Document your losses. Photograph damages and record repair costs. Contact your insurance agent for flood loss claims.
  • Before you begin repairs, get a permit. Contact 360.793.2231.


Protecting Your Property

Against the Wind:  Protecting your Home from Hurricane and Wind Damage (FEMA 247)

During a hurricane, homes may be damaged or destroyed by high winds and high waves. Debris can break windows and doors, allowing high winds inside the home. In extreme storms, such as Hurricane Andrew, the force of the wind alone can cause weak places in your home to fail.

After Hurricane Andrew, a team of experts examined homes that had failed and ones that had survived. They found four areas that should be checked for weakness—the roof, windows, doors, and if you have one, garage door. In this brochure, we discuss some things you can do to help make your home stronger before the next hurricane strikes. You may need to make some improvements or install temporary wind protection. It is important that you do these projects now, before a hurricane threatens.

While these projects, if done correctly, can make your home safer during a hurricane, they are no guarantee that your home won’t be damaged or even destroyed. If you are told by authorities to evacuate, do so immediately, even if you have taken these precautions.

For more information please see FEMA publication 247. This brochure discusses some things homeowners can do to before the next hurricane strikes.  Including improvements or temporary wind protection.  It is important that these projects are completed before a hurricane threatens.  Click Here

Dumping into Storm drains is not just wrong, it’s illegal

Storm water, or rain water, flows into the storm drains you see at street corners or into roadside ditches. Unlike the water that flows down the drains inside your home which goes to sewage treatment facilities, the storm drain system is completely separate; water in the storm drain receive no treatment or filtering process. This means that any pollution that gets washed into the storm drains go directly to our creeks, rivers, bayous and ultimately Galveston Bay. Examples of common storm water pollution come from construction debris, material stockpiles, automotive fluids, erosion, paint, pesticides, litter or any other industrial, construction and household materials. So be sure to keep all work areas clean and sweep up litter and debris. Cover storage and dumpsters and clean them regularly to avoid leaks. And install silt fences and other erosion controls where needed and properly maintain them especially after rainstorms. Remember, it’s illegal to dump or discharge waste or pollution into storm drains! So do the right thing and make keeping storm water clean part of your job.

The Choice is clear. And you can do your part to help

We all have a part to play in keeping our waterways clean. By understanding the problems and following the City of Houston’s and Harris County’s guidelines, you can decrease storm water pollution, help clean up our waterways and ensure a brighter future for us all.

At Work sites, her are a few simple things you can do to help:

  • Keep oils, solvents and other hazardous fluids under cover and away from the street and storm drains
  • Use silt fences or similar products to prevent erosion and keep loose soil and sand out of street gutters
  • Never discharge wastewater to the ground or storm drains
  • Wash vehicles or equipment in wash bays and never wash off detergents, oils and greases into streets or storm drains
  • Divert storm water away from exposed areas of the construction site
  • Rinse out concrete trucks at a designated washout area
  • Spills are required under Federal, State, and County law to be reported, so report any chemical spill to one of these agencies.
  • Most of all – Never throw anything down a storm drain
  • Educate your workforce!


Clean Water is your business too. Here’s why

Vehicles can leak fuel, oil and other harmful fluids that can be picked up by storm water that flows into our waterways poisoning fish and shellfish. Sediments from erosion can cloud the water, suffocating fish and blocking the light needed for water plants to survive. Industrial and commercial activities with uncovered outdoor storage or process areas, loading docks and equipment maintenance and washing areas may also contribute pollutants to urban runoff. Bacteria and chemicals can wash into swimming areas and create health hazards, and sometimes even close beaches. Polluted storm water can also affect drinking water sources. By using simple good housekeeping practices around your work sites and abiding by state and local storm water regulations and ordinances, business owners and employees can help minimize non-point source pollution that can enter our local waterways. Failure to do so can result in civil or criminal penalties including jail time, and/or fines.

To Report Illegal Dumping into the drainage system please contact 360.793.2231 or complete the report a concern form-Click Here

2015 International Building Code

2015 International Building Code document containing excerpts of the flood provisions from the 2015 editions of the IBC, IRC, IMC, IFGC, IFC, ISPSC, IPSDC and ICC Performance Code.   Click Here

City of Sultan Municipal Code

Information regarding Flood Damage Prevention can be found in the Sultan Municipal Code Chapter 17.08 or Click Here

Information regarding protecting Critical Areas can be found in Sultan Municipal Code Chapter 17.10 or

Information regarding Wellfield/Groundwater Protection regulations can be found in Sultan Municipal Code Chapter 17.12 or Click Here

Information regarding Stormwater Management Performance Standards can be in the Sultan Municipal Code Chapter 17.14 or Click Here