In certain parts of the country, floods are more common than they are in other areas but floods can occur anywhere. Anywhere there is rainfall, flooding is a possibility. If you have never experienced a flood before, it doesn’t mean that you won’t at some point in the future.
It’s a good idea to be prepared for a flood regardless of where you live, but if you live in an area known to have floods on a regular basis, then preparation is even more important. On this page we are going to tell you how to prepare for a flood and give you some flood survival tips so that you can protect your family and your belongings if flooding occurs.
Some Terms You Should Know
In a heavy storm when flooding is possible, you will hear certain terms on the news. Government agencies will issue a flood watch, a flash flood watch, a flood warning, or a flash flood warning. A flood watch means that flooding is possible and a flood warning means that flooding is either already occurring or it will occur soon.
The same goes for flash flood watches and warnings. A flash flood watch means that a flash flood is possible while a flash flood warning means that a flash flood is actually happening.
Flash floods are incredibly dangerous because they happen so quickly and there is very fast-moving water. Flash floods are more likely to cause injury or death so if there is a flash flood watch for a flash flood warning, you should make sure you get to higher ground as quickly as possible.
What to Do When You Know a Flood Is Coming
You will need to make the decision about whether to stay in your home or evacuate. If you are staying in your home, unplug all electrical equipment. This will help you reduce the risk of electrocution.
To protect your valuables, move any furniture or other valuables to an upper floor in your house. If you live in a single-story home, put your most valuable items up as high as possible so they won’t be destroyed if flood waters penetrate your home.
If You Need to Evacuate
If you need to evacuate you can still follow the tips above about unplugging electrical equipment and protecting your valuables, but you will also need to know how to travel when a flood is occurring. It’s never a good idea to travel across a road that is covered in water. Whether you are on foot or in a car, just 6 inches of moving water may be enough to sweep you downstream.
One of the things that kills people in floods is when they decide to try to walk through flood waters or cross a washed out road. Even if you’re in a vehicle, 6 inches of water is enough to make you lose control of the vehicle and 1 foot of water is enough to make many vehicles float. Even large vehicles like pickup trucks and SUVs can be carried away by just a foot or two of water.
If you come across a road that is washed out, try to find an alternate route. Keep your radio tuned in to news channels that may provide updates about which roads are open or closed.
Gather the Supplies You Will Need in a Flood
Obviously, this is something that should be done before flooding occurs. It’s a good idea to have certain items on hand that will be helpful in an emergency situation. Things like flashlights, extra batteries, candles, and matches can be very valuable.
Store things like candles and matches in a waterproof container. You may also want to have a weatherproof radio to monitor the news for updates.
The most important things required for human survival are water, food, and shelter. If you are staying in your house during a flood rather than evacuating, you will probably be without electricity, running water, and other utilities for a while.
It’s a good idea to have extra blankets and warm, dry clothing available. You will also need to store enough food and water for at least a few days. You can stock up on canned goods and you should have at least 1 gallon per person, per day of fresh drinking water.
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