(Olympia, WA) -- The Washington Department of Health says you should prepare now for emergencies you may face over the fall and winter months. Floods are one of the most common disasters Washingtonians face. Clear leaves from gutters and the street near your home. Fall and winter storms bring heavy rain that can cause localized flooding. If a road is flooded, drive around it and not through it. The wind and snow storms also cause power outages. Have an emergency kit with batteries, flashlights, backup cell phone batteries, food, water and medicine so you can make it on your own for two weeks.