Flood Preparedness

In advance of potential localized flooding and a high wind event, please note the following and also share with family and friends.

Flood Preparedness 

 32% of Rochelle Park is in a flood zone. In a flood, a little water can do a lot of damage. Did you know just 6 inches of flood water can cause thousands of dollars of damage?  1 foot is enough to make a car float and 2 feet of rushing water is enough to carry away a full-size pickup truck. Get prepared now for floods and

Driving safely during and after a flood is important. Be aware of areas where waters have receded. Roads may have weakened & could collapse under the weight of a car. “Turn Around – Don’t Drown”

  • Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for the latest storm information.
  • Secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture that can blow away and cause damage or injury.
  • Keep your vehicle’s gas tank filled.
  • Prepare a flood evacuation kit to include:
    • First aid kit
    • Bottled water
    • Two (2) weeks supply of medicine
    • Blankets or sleeping bags
    • Extra clothing
    • Phone Chargers
    • Pet ID, carrier, food & medication
    • Personal items
    • Important documents (valid ID, passport, Insurance information& money)
  • If ordered to evacuate – obey immediately. Turn off gas, water, and electricity and unplug small appliances.
  • Know what to do when roads are flooded: “Turn Around Don’t Drown®! It may save your life! 
  • You may have to evacuate quickly due to rising flood waters. Hurricane & Flood Shelter Reception Area is located at Midland School, 300 Rochelle Avenue and staffed by Red Cross trained CERT Team Members.
  • If you’re already on “high ground” during a flood, stay where you are. Be prepared by having your supplies already stored.
  • Inform family or friends outside of the warning area of your evacuation plans.
  • Remember to help neighbors who may require special assistance (infants, senior citizens, and people with disabilities)

A Flood Watch means that floods are possible. A Flood Warning indicates a flood will occur soon, and you should move to higher ground. Take action if you receive an alert from the Rochelle Park Office of Emergency Management through the Swift Reach Reverse 9-1-1 system.  These alerts will provide information on what to do and where to go.  To see the alerts OEM sent to residents in the past flooding events, please visit the Rochelle Park CERT Face Book page at

If you are notified to evacuate your home before a storm, don’t leave your pets behind! Make a plan: The Rochelle Park CERT Midland School Shelter/Reception Center will accept pets on a leash or crated.