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 essential things
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
- Medical kits
- Portable battery-powered radio
- Batteries, of course
- Diapers (if you have little ones in your family)
- Sleeping bags
- 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.