Floods are a pretty terrifying ordeal for anyone who’s ever had the misfortune to deal with one in their lifetime. They can easily destroy what we’ve been building for years, hoping to get our lives going after it happens. The following are safety tips you can consider before you encounter such a disaster, making sure you’re at least prepared for when something does happen. The following will give you more information you can count on:
Before the flood
- You need to make sure you avoid building a floodplain, as it will only make your home more vulnerable to flooding. You would do well to focus on constructing barriers instead to keep floodwater away from your home, such as levees, flood walls, beams and so on. You need to also focus on ensuring you seal your basements with waterproofing techniques and compounds to stop seepage from ruining them in case of floods. If you know a flood is likely to happen in your area, then you be fully aware by checking up on radio and TV broadcasts or websites following the local weather. Stay informed and do what you can, especially if floods are fairly common in the area you live in.
When a flood is coming
- You need to be prepared for the worst by getting a bag of your essentials ready, just in case you need to evacuate. Make sure you pick a waterproof bag or container and take medications and first aid supplies with you as well as sufficient food and clean water to last you for at least three days. It may seem like a lot, but the last thing you want to be is stuck on a roof somewhere with muddy waters all around you. If you see a warning do your best to evacuate the area as soon as possible, especially if a flash flood is imminent. Get to high ground as soon as you can and if you have any time move your essential items to the attic or top floor. Shut off your main power and valves and disconnect any appliances to keep them from shortening and blowing your fuses or worse, starting a fire.
During a flood
- Never walk through moving water, as even a mere amount of 6 inches worth of moving water can trip you and make you fall, so take heed and be careful. If you do have to move through water, you should do your best to do so where the current is slowest, using a stick to test the ground in front of you. You should also avoid driving during a flood, as the waters may rise around your car and drown the engine, so you would do well to avoid doing that if possible, as you will only be forced to abandon your vehicle.
After the flood
- Listen to new reports and ask around if your radio is down to see whether the water supply is safe for drinking uses. Do your best to avoid the floodwater’s since they can be contaminated with raw sewage, gasoline, oil and worse. Water may also be electrically charged from downed power lines, so do your best to stay safe until it’s dry if you have a choice.
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