Preparing for Breakup Flooding in your Community

Significant flooding has struck many Interior communities in recent years. Tanana Chiefs Conference has been able to provide supplies and support during times of need, even before government and other organizations can by coordinating with both state and federal agencies. TCC has always been willing to assist our tribes during disaster situations. It is important you are prepared before flooding happens.

river breakup map
For interactive map, click here


A Message from TCC Chief Victor Joseph about Spring Flood Preparedness

Planning now can help save time and worry later. TCC’s Office of Environmental Health (OEH) recommends these tips to help you get ready for possible flooding: AK Emergency Response Guide for Small Communities




  • Find the high points around your property and other parts of the village where you can move items above flood level if needed.
  • Make a list of any equipment (generators, snow machines, and chainsaws) that will need to be moved to higher ground during a flood.
  • Locate any fuel storage that will need to be secured during a flood.
  • Secure fuel tanks, small fuel containers and barrels to keep them from floating away.
  • Start putting together an emergency kit of items needed if you must leave your home.
  • Ask your Tribal or City Administrator about the community flood preparations and if the community’s emergency response plan has been updated. This may include a local area to evacuate to, designated people to observe the river level and alert the community.



  • Finish putting together your emergency kit. Remember food, water and medications! Find a link HERE for a kit guide.
  • Remind others to plan for potential flooding, and help if needed.
  • Track down available emergency response equipment in the village (boats, flotation devices, and maintenance and rescue tools).
  • Get essential facilities (clinic, water treatment plant, electric utility, records storage with the City and/or Tribe, etc.) ready for possible flooding.
  • Help identify “at risk” residents of the community. These are the people that need to be evacuated before flooding for medical reasons.
  • Identify elders or other people that may need assistance during a flood and help to make sure they are prepared. Remember their medications.


  • Flood proof the essential facilities and other public buildings.IMG_3287
  • Move all vehicles and equipment to higher ground.
  • Move all dry goods and canned food items above the high water level in your home.
  • Mattresses and other items that could be damaged by water should be moved above the high water level in your home.
  • If a shelter has been identified, move your needed items to this location.

This groundwork can go a long way in avoiding damage and decreasing stress during breakup flooding. OEH is ready to support TCC villages with their environmental health concerns before and after flooding.

You can also click HERE for information on Emergency Flood Assistance from Tanana Chiefs Conference.

Please contact us if you’d like more information–  a list of emergency numbers has been provided by clicking HERE.