The American Red Cross and the Indianapolis division of The National Weather Service provide safety tips for residents living in flood plains area.
The most important tip, according to officials, is when a warning is issued to immediately heed a notification to evacuate a flooded area.
Even before a flood, residents living in areas that experience flooding should have a plan of action, which includes a potential place to stay until the waters recede, and prepare a disaster supplies kit for the home and car.
When choosing a place to stay, residents should consider an area that will not also experience the flood. Moving to a neighbor's home might not be a good idea unless they live on higher ground.
When a flood occurs, residents should follow their plan and move quickly to a safe area at the first sign of flooding. If evacuating at night, residents need to take extra precautions because it's harder to see or determine flood dangers.
While evacuating, residents should avoid already flooded areas. Officials said if a flowing stream of water is above a person's ankles they need to stop, turn around and go the other way.
If unable to evacuate to the safety of higher ground, residents should move to the highest floor of their home and contact authorities.