Flooding

Floods are the most common of natural disasters in the United States, and consequences can be severe. Failing to evacuate ­flooded areas, entering ­flood waters, or remaining after a ­flood has passed can result in injury or death.

Flood Advisory Terms and Actions

  • Flood Watch: Flooding is possible.
  • Flash Flood Watch: Flash ­flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground.
    • ­Secure vital equipment, research supplies, vital records, and hazardous material by moving them to higher, safer ground.
    • ­Shut off all nonessential electrical equipment.
    • ­Move all personnel to a safe area, away from the building in danger. Locate people with disabilities and provide assistance if safe to do so. Otherwise, provide their location to emergency responders.
  • ­Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will occur soon; if advised to evacuate do so immediately.
    • If outdoors, go to high ground or seek shelter immediately.
  • ­Flash Flood Warning: A ­flash ­flood is occurring; seek higher ground immediately.
    • ­DO NOT walk, swim, or drive through ­flood waters, especially on bridges that can wash away without warning. There may be downed power lines that can electrically charge the water.

DO NOT reenter the building until instructed to do so by the UIC Police Department. Call Facilities Management for assistance with ­flood cleanup at (312) 996-7511.