Hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires are the types of natural disasters that most often come to people’s minds when they think about natural disasters. Most people don’t give much attention to floods.
It is important to realize that the effects of floods extend beyond the initial damage they cause. Standing floods present a danger of physical harm, illness transmission, and exposure to harmful chemicals. Flooding causes more deaths than any other risk associated with thunderstorms. Driving in flooded regions is dangerous and causes most flood-related deaths. However, precautions may be taken to lessen the effects of flooding on you, your loved ones, and your possessions.
What to do Before a Flood
- Get notifications, warnings, and public safety updates before, during, and after problems to ensure your safety.
- Collect accurate weather data from trusted sources to be well prepared for disasters, especially during floods.
- In addition to this, it is essential to find out whether the location of your property is in a flood zone. If you have this information, you will be in a better position to protect yourself and your belongings in the case of a flood.
- Contact the emergency management director in your region to find out whether your house or place of business is downstream from a dam and in danger of flooding. Knowing how often flooding is in your area is vital.
- In addition, it’s wise to establish and regularly review a family emergency plan to ensure everyone is ready in the case of a flood disaster.
- Put together a survival pack with all the necessities for a flood disaster.
- In addition, it is a good idea to establish a record of your personal property by taking photographs or videos of your items and keeping these recordings in a safe place. This is an effective way to prevent the loss or theft of your belongings.
- Lastly, ensuring that your property is adequately prepared for the risk of flooding is essential by taking the required precautions, such as erecting flood barriers and ensuring that your electrical and HVAC systems are raised.
What to do During a flood
- Turn off the gas, water, water heater and electrical systems, and disconnect the appliances if it is safe.
- Take a position on higher terrain.
- Transfer anything of value from the basement to one of the top stories.
- Raise the height of heavy appliances by placing them on wood or cement blocks. If there is no way to lift an object, consider anchoring it and safeguarding it with a floodwall or a shield.
- Maintain your composure and pay attention to any instructions given to you by the authorities, such as “boil the water” or “evacuate the building.”
What to do After a Flood
- Maintaining awareness during a flood disaster is essential, which may be accomplished by constantly monitoring the media for any new information or updates about the situation.
- To protect both your and the safety of those around you, it is very necessary to comply with the directives issued by the authorities in charge of public safety. If you were forced to leave because of floods, you must wait for the authorities to give the all-clear before returning to your residence.
- It is important to be a helpful neighbor during times of flood disaster by checking on family, friends, and neighbors, especially those who are vulnerable, such as older people, those who live alone, those who have medical concerns, and those who may need additional assistance. It may go a long way towards assuring someone’s safety and well-being to show consideration for their need and to give assistance.
- Wait to switch on the power until thoroughly examining the various electrical fittings.
- Be cautious since snakes and other creatures may be in your home; if possible, wear gloves and boots.
- Every room polluted by the water should be cleaned, disinfected, and dried. Remove all of the broken or damaged items.
Since flooding causes the greatest amount of property loss and destruction caused by severe weather, it is time that we start taking it more seriously when it occurs. Nobody can stop the destruction that floods bring with them or the fury they bring. On the other hand, if you are prepared for a flood and know what to do when one occurs, you may be able to reduce the amount of damage it does.