Spring Safety

During Montana’s annual spring thaw, flooding is a potential concern for our community’s responders and residents alike. It’s important to keep in mind that the runoff from melting snow and spring rainstorms have the potential to cause flooding of our creeks and rivers, especially in rural areas.

There are some simple steps to take to prepare your home and family if you are under a flood watch or warning such as gathering emergency supplies, staying updated on the situation, and knowing how to shut off your utilities.

Remember to have a plan in place if you need evacuate your home due to flooding.

  • Plan how you will leave and where you will go.
  • Develop a household communication plan if your family gets separated at any time.
  • Have your emergency kit ready with medication, food, water and supplies to last at least 72 hours. See https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for items to include in your kit.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
  • Have a plan for your pets. See https://www.ready.gov/animals for guidance on how to plan for pets and animals during an emergency.

Below are links to several of CCHD’s fact sheets to utilize as you take the necessary precautions and plan for your safety. If you have any questions, please call Katie Brewer, Preparedness and Community Planner at (406) 761-9899.

Floods: What You Need to Know

After the Flood: Mold

After the Flood: Sewage Systems

After the Flood: Disinfecting Water