Preparing For a Flood
Learn how to get ready for a flood and also what to do after a flood. Jot down notes and teach your family what you learn.
There are many places throughout the country that are prone to flooding. Floods are the most frequent and costly natural disaster that exist.
Floods occur when there is more than enough rainfall for the ground to absorb. Heavy rain for several hours or days is a good sign that there will be a flood.
Those who live close to bodies of water should know that they are at risk if there should be the anything like the conditions listed above. Flash floods can occur in low lying areas due to those conditions as well.
Think about what you should do if a flood should threat you. First and foremost you can get a heads up from your local news station or even your radio station.
They will tell you where the threat is at. There expertise can be a life saver and save you a lot of stress.
It is always best to follow their advice. Be prepared to evacuate at a moments notice.
When a flood or flash flood warning is issued, you should head for the highest ground nearby. Do not get close to flood waters.
If you come across a stream of water in an unusual place, stop, turn around and go another way. If you come upon a flooded road while you drive, find another route.
If you get caught in a flood while you are in your car, get you and everyone one else out quickly. Find higher ground.
Just two feet of water and sweep the tires off the ground.
Keep children away from water. Water can be contaminated or pose a flood threat. If it is night time be especially cautious to avoid flood danger and possible hazards from debris.
Remember that homeowners insurance does not cover flooding. Flood insurance is required if you want to be covered.
Gather together an emergency supply kit. The most important items to include in you kit are:
Three days supply of food and water. Do not include perishable food and pack a gallon of water per person per day.
Have items such as clothes, a first aid kit with medicine, a flashlight and radio. Make copies of important documents for your emergency kit as well.
Be aware of what you should do after a flood.
Return once you know that the area is safe to return to by an official. At a disaster struck area, be cautious of loose power lines, damaged gas lines, and foundational cracks.
If there are fallen power lines, do not step in nearby puddles or standing water. If you smell gas, leave immediately and call the fire department.
During clean up, wear protective gear, especially for your hands. Do not consume food that does not look safe to eat.
Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater. Follow the advice, When in doubt, throw it out!