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The Sacramento Region is part of a natural floodplain and is located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River. The Central Valley has a history of flooding and relies on a sophisticated network of reservoirs, levees, and bypasses.  Learn tips on how to prepare in the event of a flood.  View this Story Map about California's Flood History. 

2021 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Update Project

The City of Sacramento is partnering with Sacramento County, other incorporated communities,  and numerous special districts to update their countywide 2016 Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP).  Flood, drought, earthquake, and severe weather are just a few of the hazards to Sacramento communities.  While natural hazards such as these cannot be prevented, an LHMP forms the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses by breaking the repeated cycle of disaster damage and reconstruction. Communities with a FEMA-approved LHMP are eligible for FEMA pre- and post-disaster grant funding and for lower costs of flood insurance to residents through the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).  For more information on this project and how to get involved, go to 


Discover what you need to know to prepare your family for a flood.  As part of Flood Preparedness Week, this page contains interviews, videos, and even printable activities to teach you what you need to know to prepare.  These City departments and our partner agencies have collaborated to bring you the latest  information to check out, interact with, and implement in your own homes and businesses.  Learn for the experts about how to fill sandbags, find your evacuation routes, sign up for emergency alerts, and watch videos of rescuers in action as they perform water rescues.

  • City Department of Utilities (DOU)
  • City Fire Department (SFD)
  • City Office of Emergency Management (SacOEM)
  • City Police Department (SPD)
  • City Department of Public Works (PW)
  • City Animal Care and Shelter Team (CDD)
  • State Department of Water Resources (DWR)
  • Reclamation District 1000 (RD1000) "Who We Are"
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB).

Flood Preparedness Week In The Media:  10/20 at 8:00 a.m. 

The City’s Department of Utilities and Sacramento Fire Department on Oct. 20 will demonstrate to the media several critical services they provide in flood prevention and emergency response. Personnel will perform swift-water rescues, show how to fill sandbags and display large equipment used in flood fighting. Event participants are reminded to wear masks and practice social distancing. 


  • How to prepare your home, kids, and pets for a flood. Make sure you have an evacuation kit/emergency kit ready in the event of a flood.
  • Levee Protection: Visit the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities to learn about flood plain information, flood protection, flood warning systems, and more.
  • Familiarize yourself with your neighborhood and possible evacuation points with higher elevation.
  • Learn Flood Evacuation Tips from the National Weather Service.
  • Flood Insurance: FEMA recommends buying flood insurance before an incident. Learn more about flood risks and residential coverage at FloodSmart or call (888) 379-9531.
  • During a flood watch, sandbag locations can be found by calling 311 or listening to your local TV stations. Learn How to Fill a Sandbag and Build a Sandbag Barrier.
  • WATCH: Emergency Evacuation Basics Video


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