Know your local danger spots.
Familiarize yourself in advance with the topography of your neighborhood. A flood hazard map is available at the town office, showing likely water depths in the event of a major storm. Learn the locations of high land, emergency shelters, and evacuation routes.
The town of Koriyama distributed a new flood hazard map in early 1998. When torrential rains struck six months later, the residents who had studied that map were able to evacuate more quickly than those who had not. Knowledge provides confidence, as well as awareness and safety.