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.
...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.