Natural disasters like storms and floods can never be avoided. That is why it is a must to ensure your family’s safety whenever circumstances like these invade your homes.
Of all the natural disasters nature inflicts upon us, flash floods are the most frequent and can potentially cause terrible damage to those people caught unawares.
Flash floods occur during periods of heavy and consistent rainfall. But in some areas, this natural calamity can happen in a blink of an eye, provided there is intense rainfall in the area or if there are massive chunks of ice crumbling apart and melting in the proximity. This instant increase in water level and pressure can cause bodies of water, like rivers, to overflow and flood the surrounding area.
Flash floods often hit those areas which are low-lying, also referred to as floodplains. This natural disaster can hit with almost no warning, so it is always good to be prepared when worse comes to worst.
Before a flash flood
If constant and heavy rains are afflicting the area where you live, it is wise to immediately tune into the local radio or news in case there is flash flood warning.
If you live in those so called floodplains areas, then you must give special attention to national weather forecasts. They will update you on the happenings in your immediate area and warn you of possible flash floods.
Flash flood emergency room
If your home is located in frequently flash flooded areas, then I strongly suggest that you be as prepared as you can be. My advice is to build a flash flood emergency room, just in case you are caught in the middle of a flash flood and can’t go anywhere to evacuate.
If you are thinking about building your own flash flood emergency room, put in mind that it is best to place it at the highest part of your home because it will be least likely to be reached by the flood. If you have a loft, try having it converted. Dormer loft conversions are advisable for emergency rooms.
While building this emergency room can be quite costly, it is way cheaper than the price of a person’s life.
Pack up some essentialthings
If you are hit by a flash flood, you don’t want to be scrambling about around your home trying to gather what things you are going to need to survive.
It is best to pack these things beforehand. Here are some of the most essential things you are going to need:
Food, preferably canned goods or ready-to-eat food
Water. Enough for two to four days, so about five gallons per person
Portable battery-powered radio
Batteries, of course
Diapers (if you have little ones in your family)
Water proof gloves and boots
Evacuate if there is time
If there is a flash flood alert, move fast and evacuate. Don’t stick inside your home if you can evacuate to a safer place. Make sure all nothing is plugged into an electric socket to avoid electrocution.
Flash floods are devastating and demand proper preparation from the people so do your best to be prepared. In the event of a flash flood alert, always remember: go to a higher place, and evacuate if you can.
Perhaps the first person to personify nature as a female was very smart. It is very fitting to compare nature to a human female.
One of the main similar traits that they both share is their tendency towards unpredictability. Like women, Mother Nature is very capricious and temperamental. She sometimes throws random and unforeseeable tantrums that can cause a lot of devastation and suffering.
Yes, Mother Nature can be very erratic and unpredictable. And nature’s prime example for this is the weather. But sometimes it can get pretty devastating.
Have you watched some news lately?
All sorts of disasters and calamities are ravaging lots of families all over the world. And the worst thing is, it doesn’t even discriminate and we don’t have control over it. Whether you may be rich or poor, healthy or not, adult or kid, Mother Nature’s wrath hits us all the same.
One of the forms this so-called “wrath of Mother Nature” takes is a flash flood. Flash floods are massively destructive and can mostly be very unpredictable.
It is one of the hardest truths in life. So the least we could do is to be vigilant and always be prepared for the worst.
Now, there are lots of ways for you to handle a calamity like flash floods. Here are some of them:
Always stay updated with the latest news and broadcasts
Nothing beats watching the news to avoid being caught unprepared in the case of a disaster. News forecasts exist for a reason.
They help entertain us, help us be aware of the latest trends and issues, and most importantly they warn us of incoming disasters like storms. So be sure to always be updated with the news.
When faced with the certain possibility of an incoming storm (especially a strong one), the best course if to get your family and your survival kit ready and get the hell out of the area. It is best not to tempt fate so if there is a chance, make sure to drive away and get to the nearest evacuation centre.
Build yourself a flash flood emergency room
There are possibilities that evacuation is not an option or it is simply too late to drive away. So you should always have at least one emergency safety evacuation room in your home. Now, there are some things you should consider when planning to build an evacuation room for flash floods.
First, the room must be located on a higher ground, the highest part of your home. My advice is to build the room in your loft. If it is dusty and mostly unused, I suggest you convert it. A good loft conversion to try is a Dormer Loft.
Second, make sure the room is free from electricity and is well stocked with the following essential needs:
Food. The best choice is to stock it with canned goods and food that are easy to prepare
Water. Should be good about five gallons per person for 2-4 days
Emergency medical kits
Battery- powered radio
Diapers (for your little ones)
Nobody wants to go through calamities. It is simply very inconvenient and outright dangerous. But it is better to actually be prepared than to wish you were prepared.
Weather can be the most fickle aspect of Mother Nature. A sudden shift in weather may cause flash floods out of nowhere. These flash floods cause millions of dollars in property damage annually so building your own flash flood emergency room is a wise choice.
Flash floods usually occur when rivers or other waterways are rapidly filled with excessive water, usually by heavy rainfall. Other causes for flash floods include dam failures or ice/snow melts. Furthermore, flash flooding tends to frequently affect low-lying areas during or after a rainy weather.
Dry areas afflicted with wildfire can also be at risk of flash floods. When vegetation such as trees and grass are gone, water caused by heavy rains will not be absorbed as fast and can cause devastating damage. Downstream properties will be at the greatest risk of flooding.
Heavy rains can also overwhelm a city’s drainage system causing excess water to overflow and run back up to streets and onto houses and properties. Waste and litter may also clog drainage systems giving rainwater a hard time flowing underground even during light rains.
Now to avoid getting caught in a flash flood its best to always monitor your radio and television for sudden changes in weather (you can’t be too careful). In the event that you are caught in a flash flood, the best response is to get to higher ground. And there’s nowhere higher in your house than your attic. This is where you should build your very own flash flood emergency room. You could have it professionally built by chiswickloftspecialists.co.uk.
First thing to consider when building your emergency flash flood room is to see to it that the room is very well stocked with essential needs such as:
Food (preferably easy-to-open canned goods since it requires very little time to prepare)
Water enough to last for 3 – 5 days (about five gallons per person)
Emergency medical supply kits (first aid kits and prescription medicine for people who need it)
Battery-powered radio (for getting timely updates on the flood and weather’s condition)
Flashlights and extra batteries
Waterproof boots and gloves (for wading in flood water if it’s absolutely necessary)
Diapers and baby food for your little ones
Sleeping bags and blankets
Now that you’ve prepared your emergency flash flood room, you’re good to go. In the event of a flash flood, never forget to do the following precautionary measures:
Turn off your electricity and gas
Disconnect and turn off appliances to avoid getting electrocuted
Never, ever attempt to drive on any flooded roads
Don’t go into the basement or any other room because if water comes inside, it may cause electrical problems with your wires. Therefore, when building your own emergency flash flood room, make sure not to connect anything there to electricity to avoid electrifying you and your family. If you hear anything buzzing, cracking, or any popping noises, get out of the area immediately as these things are the most likely to get you electrocuted.
Preparation and awareness are the best tools for disasters. And it’s always good to invest in your very own emergency room, you never know when Mother Nature unleashes her wrath.
You might say that Philadelphia is a ways off from Grantham, but in the United States, it has the highest risk of flooding that could go over 12 feet. According to the Philadelphia Office Of Emergency Management, during the disaster always carry a portable radio that consumes very low battery, go to higher ground to use the radio and check for updates, never try to swim to safety and never cross waters more than knee deep.
As much as possible, halt your vehicle during floods and abandon them in stalled areas to avoid being rushed by massive floods.
The flood is a very devastating event in one’s life and property. Recovery priorities are naturally directed at home safety and basic necessities. When everything had been put in order and things are getting along, you may notice that lawn or garden you recently ordered to be landscaped. Though you may have the financial advantage of having it re-landscaped again, try to re-assess the area after some time that the flood water had subsided. Take some time and read the following tips to save on time and money:
Determine what can be saved. You may have plants that may have or may have not survived the flood. However, it will take time to determine whether a plant really have survived a flood. You also have to consider the type of soil where the plant is planted. Sandy soil usually drains faster than clay-based soils.
The plants’ survival of the flood will also depend on how sensitive it is to too much water. Thus, if you know the name of the plants that you have in your lawn, better research about them so you’d know how long to wait before you can actually replace or start landscaping. You can also try to inquire from different landscaping companies as well or ask about clapham landscapers on services they offer after a flood.
Safety on Clean Up Process. Weather extremes may cause trees to break. If you have them in your yard, try to assess first if cutting them using a chainsaw will not hurt you or other people as well as increase damage to the neighboring trees and plants. It is safer to assess the situation first before acting on impulse to get your place all cleaned up. There may be wires that the fallen tree’s branch may have hit and may cause further damage to you and to your property.
Pull Out the Damaged Ones. After a day or two, do some work on the yard when you believe it’s already safe do so. Plants that have been covered in mud for a day or two may survive so it is best to remove the mud as much as possible. If your plants have been covered in mud for more than two days, there is no hope for these ones and it’s alright to pull them out. For the foliage leaves and shrubs that been splattered or covered with mud, let the mud dry off and come back some other days to wash or sprinkle the mud away.
Leave and Let Live. Most of the time, you may not have the time yet to see to the plants or trees in your lawn after a few days that the flood have subsided. Do not worry. You can just wait for a period of time and see which among the planted trees and shrubs will make it. This is also true, even for your lawn grass. When everything is dry, then you can call in the clapham landscaping to do some assessment for the lawn.
Back on January 10th 2011 was when it happened. A huge flash flood hit Grantham. Over 10 people were believed to be killed in the disaster. Nine were confirmed dead or missing. The rush of water destroyed several of the towns homes leaving families with nothing. The small town required a lot of help from the government and non-profits to rebuild and support the local residents.
Five years ago, Toowoomba, Grantham and several towns in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley were hit by deadly floods. Look back on a timeline of how the disaster unfolded.
About 59 people remain missing after the torrent of water raged down the Great Dividing Range at Toowoomba, crashing through several smaller towns, including Grantham and Murphy’s Creek, in the Lockyer Valley below.
...does more than just inform you about ground-zero survival. It also helps prepare you in handling post-calamity situations, such as having the right insurance for your car, home and any in-house properties, the build needed for a strong house that could withstand a possible future flood and more.
Tracy McGuire works closely with Grantham disaster specialist centres and local governments in bringing information to Grantham and other areas in the UK and the world at risk of a destructive flash-flood.