Depending on where you live, you may have already experienced a devastating natural disaster, you may be preparing for one on the way or perhaps you just want to take extra precautions to ensure that if a disaster does strike, you're fully prepared for the worst. In today's post we will be taking a look at just a few of the ways you can ensure you're ready should you be affected by a flood.
While some places around the world are routinely affected by tropical storms or even hurricanes which can carry a lot of water and sometimes result in severe flooding, a few more common factors such as melting snow and heavy rainfalls can cause severe flooding. The truth is, understanding the risks before they hit could actually save your life and it is important to recognise that even if your home is well constructed, disasters have the potential to destroy your property.
A few ways in which you can evaluate the risk factors involved is by watching the news. Now, it may sound obvious but the news can provide you with an analysis of where they believe the floods will strike next and whether or not you need to be prepared. Another great way to evaluate the risks involved is by reviewing not only the structure of your home but the placement of the house and furniture; if you believe your area will be hit next and want to save any belongings it is advised to carry them to the top floor. If you live in a bungalow, it may be worth asking friends or family if you can stay with them for a while until the flood warnings have ceased in order to ensure the safety of your belongings and more importantly, you and your family.
According to Survivalist Instinct, the National Flood Insurance Programme states, "flooding can happen anywhere, but certain areas are especially prone to serious flooding. To help communities understand their risk, flood maps have been created to show the locations of high-risk, moderate-to-low risk and undetermined-risk areas."
As the first step in preparing for a flood, it is important to review and understand the area that you live in and the risks of flooding that come with it.
If you have heard news about the floods and are in doubt whether or not your area is about to be affected, it is important to be prepared at all costs just in case; this means preparing your property and belongings for the force of the flood. As water can enter a home at great force, it is vital that you keep all sharp and potentially harmful items out of reach and securely tucked away in safes or passcode briefcases. It is also important to ensure that all cupboards are emptied out and items that are placed on high surfaces are taken down in order to avoid them falling and causing harm in the event of a flood.
Also, when protecting your home, the State Emergency Service suggests having "a few unfilled sandbags ready to block doorways, drains and toilets. (Sandbags need to be filled with dry sand or soil)"
One of the most important things to have handy and to prepare is an efficient emergency kit that consists of the daily essentials including water, food, spare clothing and above all, medical supplies. You may also want to consider packing a few hygiene basics and extra essentials such as spare glasses if you currently wear them. Also, it is always worth safely packing away important documents including passports, birth certificates and insurance policies in the event that your home is damaged by floods.
Below are just a few items you should keep handy if your area is predicted to be affected by the floods:
Of course, you'll need to stock up on batteries beforehand but having a radio handy could be your only way of evacuating to a safer location. As floods have the potential to shut down telephone lines and internet and mobile connection, it is important that you have a radio on you at all times.
Speaking to Survivalist Instinct, Emily Younker said. "The most important piece of equipment to include is a radio. Make sure that you have extra batteries or a crank radio to stay connected with the outside world and receive information on the current situation."
While this may seem like a silly suggestion, in the event of a flood you may become trapped in your home and require help to be able to escape making it important that you always have some form of noise maker in case of emergency. Every family member should at least have their mobile on them but should also be carrying a whistle or an air horn in case they become trapped by the flood.
Aside from using them for guidance out of a dark home or location, they can also be worn as bracelets or necklaces meaning that you will be able to stick together more efficiently as a family and by assigning different colours to family members, you ensure that everyone is with you at all times. Also, most glow sticks are highly water proof, making them ideal in the event of a flood.