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P.O. Box 2315
480 East Ave. N.
Ketchum, ID  83340
Ph: 208.726.3841
Fax: 208.726.8234
Flood and Natural Disaster Information
Recent Flood Information from American Red Cross of Greater Idaho.

Flooding can happen almost anywhere. Red Cross of Greater Idaho is ready to respond to weather events impacting the need for assistance. A shelter is on standby in the Blaine County area and Red Cross disaster relief workers are poised to help.

Flood preparedness information:

  • Create and practice a Disaster Plan: Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a flood occurs. Decide where you would meet and who you would contact in case of flooding. Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit (see below). Be prepared to evacuate your family and pets at a moment’s notice. 
  • Assemble a Flood Preparedness Kit: You’ll be better prepared to withstand a flood if you have the following items packed and ready to go in case you need to evacuate your home:
  • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food - at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
  • Extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  •  Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies)
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Extra cash
  • Emergency blanket
  • Map(s) of the area
  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
  • Tools/supplies for securing your home
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Extra clothing, hat, gloves  and sturdy shoes or boots
  • Rain gear
  • Camera for photos of damage 
  • Heed Flood Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information. A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. A food WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground immediately and stay there. 
  • Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle or if you come across a flooded road while driving, stop, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. 
  • Prepare your property: Identify flood risks when snow and ice begin to melt. Safely remove excess snow from your roof using a snow roof rake or hire a contractor. Safely clear drains and gutters, making sure snowmelt flows away from your home. Remember that ground frost or frozen soils prevent snow melt from seeping into the ground, increasing the risk of flooding. Rain can make snow melt more quickly. Remove snow piled against your home. Seal and cracks or gaps in your foundation.


As a formal responsibility of government in the United States, emergency management began with efforts to address growing threats of fire and disease in large cities and towns in the 19th century.  Government's were limited to minimal social services, churches, and other non-governmental services.  In 1803, after an extensive fire swept through Portsmouth, New Hampshire, American responses to a disaster took a significant turn, beginning a pattern of federal involvement that continues to this day. 

In the 1930’s the federal government began to be even more involved in disaster assistance with formation of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, which made disaster loans, by giving authority to the Bureau of Public Roads to provide funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters and by passage of the Flood Control Act, which gave the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers greater authority to implement flood control projects.

A number of massive disasters in the 1960’s and 1970’s, including four huge hurricanes and large earthquakes in Alaska and southern California, required federal response and recovery operations, handled by the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Awareness of the need for disaster response and preparedness was increased, and, in 1968, the National Flood Insurance Act was enacted to offer flood insurance to homeowners and, in 1974, the Disaster Relief Act established the process for Presidential disaster declarations.

In 1979, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was established by an executive order, making federal resources available to assist state and local governments. 
FEMA dedicates itself to the mission of helping communities nationwide prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters.  The agency is now part of the Department of Homeland Security as of 2003.  As of November 2007, FEMA has responded to more than 2,700 president-declared disasters.