Flood Preparedness [4 Things You Should Do] by Ken Jorgustin for Modern Survival Blog
Flood Preparedness is a topic that applies to a huge number of people.Flooding can destroy tremendous amounts of agriculture and it can damage or destroy homes (and lives).
According the American Red Cross, and others, “Floods are among the most Frequent and Costly natural disasters.”
Floods and Flash Flooding are natural disasters that will strike in deserts, rain forests, populated areas, rural areas, mountains, valleys… It’s pretty much possible anywhere.
A flood can result from heavy or prolonged rain, melting snow, ice jams, storm surge, coastal storms, dam overflows, and other water systems.
Flooding can be slow, or a Flash Flood can occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.
Flash floods are especially dangerous because they may happen without warning. In just a few minutes roaring water carrying debris – even boulders – can sweep away most things in their path.
Small streams, creeks, culverts, or even dry stream-beds that appear harmless in dry weather can flood. And it can happen fast.
These are the four things you should do:
1. Know your area history
2. Be prepared to evacuate
3. Stay safe with these Flood Preparedness Tips
4. Flood insurance
FLOOD HISTORY OF YOUR AREA
If you already live in a flood zone or floodplain, know (research) the flooding history of your area.
Find out how often they happen where you live. And then prepare accordingly.
Here’s a online tool where you can enter your address to discover your flood risk: Flood Map Service Center
If you are located in an area that is susceptible to flooding (or even if you don’t), you should have a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert for watches and warnings.
Continue reading: Best Weather Alert Radio – Which One Should I Get?
BE PREPARED TO EVACUATE
You don’t want to mess around with flood waters! Water is LOTS more powerful than you may think.
6 to 12 inches of water on the road will likely float your vehicle. Now it’s too late to get out, evacuate.