While a great deal of survival prepping nowadays focusses on manmade disasters such as nuclear attack or financial collapse, natural disasters are frequent SHTF scenarios. When it comes to natural disasters, flooding is the most common one in every US state. This statistic continues to prove itself true. Heavy rains, heavy snowmelt, flashfloods or hurricanes are all causes of flooding and all too common in low-level terrain, mountain country, and coastal communities. Here’s what you can do to make sure that you have a fighting chance when the water rises.
Have a Kit
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) actually recommends this as the first step in guarding against flooding. Have an emergency kit that consists of a 3-day food supply of non-perishable food, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, water, flashlights and spare batteries for them. Might we also suggest a knife, and a way to make fire as well. DHS also recommends having a second kit for your car in case you have to evacuate your space immediately. Your car kit should also have a first aid kit in it, as well as a change of clothing. It should also definitely contain medication for those in your party who require it on a regular basis.
Prepare Your Home
While some floods are so intense that little can be done to prevent the damage they will do, there is still much to be said for taking the following precautions. First, elevate the furnace or water heater in your home. Elevate the electric panel as well. Next, think about installing some “check valves” to ensure that flood water doesn’t back up into your drains. If it is financially reasonable, construct seal walls in your basement with waterproofing compounds. You may also consider constructing other barriers to prevent floodwater from entering the building.
Learn the Lingo
In order to understand the warnings and precautions, you will need to familiarize yourself with the language that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses to denote warning levels. Those levels and that language goes as follows:
Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. Tune in to local weather broadcasts, or NOAA for current information.
Flood Warning: A flood is occurring or is imminent. Prepare to evacuate upon being advised to do so.
Flash Flood Watch: A flash flood is possible, prepare to move to higher elevation. Listen to local weather broadcast or NOAA.
Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood is occurring. Seek high ground, however do not attempt to drive.
Federal and Natural Resources
For more information on how to better prepare you and your family for the event of a flood, explore the following resources:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control
American Red Cross
USA Freedom Corps Press
Federal Emergency Management Agency