Nevada Flood Information – Staying Prepared

As a result of a series of winter storms, high temperatures and winds, and the recent failure of a 21-mile ranch reservoir dam failure, a state of emergency was recently declared for Elko County. 

As officials work to resolve the situation, the Elko County Sheriff’s office is advising residents to call: (775) 777-2520 for sandbags and other emergency needs.

Head over to: or for updates on severe watches and warnings in Elko County.

We are tracking updates and staying in touch with local officials, Governor Sandoval’s office, and federal agencies. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call my Reno office at: 775-686-5760, my Elko office at: (775) 777-7705 or visit my website and social media pages for up to date information. We’re happy to assist in any way possible. 

Head over to: or for updates on severe watches and warning in Elko County. 

Basic Safety Tips:
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Warning: It takes just 6 inches of water to knock you down and 2 feet of water to sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding in your area, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Never leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
  • Understand severe weather terms and know what to do for each:
    • Watch means a specific type of threat (flooding, tornadoes) could be forming;
    • Warning means take action. Life/property threatening conditions are occurring or imminent.
  • Additional flood safety tips can be found at  
Steps to Take:
  • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot. Click here for a list of evacuations by street.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to flood suddenly
  • Follow the instructions of local law enforcement and emergency personnel
  • Prepare your home:
    • Clear drains and gutters of debris and snow
    • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor to avoid flood damage.
    • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
    • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.
Staying Informed:
  • Monitor local Government websites and social media pages, newspaper, radio, and TV reports of current and predicted weather conditions.
    • The latest storm information and updates can be found at,, or by dialing 211
    • Track real time updates via Twitter by following: @NWSElko, @ElkoDaily, @kentv, and @ElkoNevada. 
  • Set alerts on mobile devices with the latest weather information. Download the FEMA App to receive alerts from the National Weather Service and to locate open shelters, where to talk to FEMA in person or on the phone and receive additional safety reminders and tips. You can also receive important and timely weather alerts and accurate forecasts by downloading The Weather Channel app. Both of these apps are available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.
Continuing Efforts by FEMA:
  • A FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) is in Carson City, Nevada and integrating into the State’s Emergency Operations Center.  An IMAT is a 15 member emergency management response strike team comprised of specialists in the fields of Operations, Logistics, External Affairs, Finance and Admin and other key management positions. 
  • FEMA has Liaison Officers stationed at the California Office of Emergency Services Operations Center and the Nevada Division of Emergency Management’s Operations Center.
  • FEMA is facilitating daily multi-agency conference calls and sharing situational awareness information.
  • The FEMA Region IX Regional Response Coordination Center will be standing up tomorrow morning and having representatives from the following agencies to provide technical support and resources if needed:
    • U.S. Department of Transportation – To assist with transportation related matters.
    • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers – To provide technical assistance with debris removal and power restoration matters.
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – To provide assistance with hazardous materials related matters.
    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Provide assistance with public health related matters.
    • U.S. Department of Energy – To provide technical assistance with energy related matters.
    • U.S. Coast Guard
    • U.S. Department of Defense
  • FEMA is sending representatives from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the Nevada Emergency Operations Center to provide technical assistance.
  • The FEMA Region IX Office’s Watch Center remains at an “enhanced posture.”
  • FEMA is sharing Geographical Information Systems data with its State partners to assist with assessing threats and vulnerabilities.
Additional Resources:
  • Click here for information on filing a flood insurance claim through FEMA. 
Checklist for Applying for a Flood Insurance Claim through FEMA:
Before starting your application, you, your co-applicant or a minor in your home must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien. Please have a pen and paper and the following information ready:
  • Social Security Number: If you do not have a Social Security number, please apply for a Social Security number, then visit or call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 to complete your disaster application. Your household may still be able to receive assistance if there is a minor in the household who is a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien with a Social Security number.
  • Insurance Information: Describe the type(s) of insurance coverage you have, such as homeowners, flood, automobile, mobile home insurance, etc.
  • Damage Information: Describe your damages caused by the disaster, including the type of disaster (flood, hurricane, earthquake) and type of dwelling (mobile home, house) or vehicle (car, boat).
  • Financial Information: Provide your family's total annual household income, before taxes, at the time of the disaster.
  • Contact Information: Give FEMA the address and phone number where the damages happened and the address and phone number where you can be reached after the disaster.
  • Direct Deposit Information (optional): If you are approved for assistance and want your funds deposited directly into your bank account, provide your banking information. This includes:
    • Bank name
    • Type of account (ex: checking, savings, etc.)
    • Routing number
    • Account number
FEMA’s mission is to support citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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  • Office Locations

    Office Name Location Image Map URL
    Reno Office 5310 Kietzke Lane, Suite 103
    Reno, NV 89511
    Phone: (775) 686-5760
    Fax: (775) 686-5711
    Washington Office
    104 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-6155
    Fax: (202) 225-5679
    Elko Office
    905 Railroad Street, Suite 104 D
    Elko, NV 89801
    Office: (775) 777-7705
    Fax: (775) 753-9984