Friday, September 20, 2013

Surviving Floods: Anything Can Happen

If the 2013 floods of Colorado have shown us anything, it's that disaster can happen to you no matter where you are. Even areas that avoided the actual rain storms have been devastated as those flood waters ran the course of the Platte River for hundreds of miles. This is just a short time after the 2012 storm of Hurricane Sandy which devastated the Eastern seaboard and beyond. Don't assume that your area is safe from the circumstances that surround a freak storm.

It's always best to prepare yourself and your family for the worst case scenario. It doesn't make you a pessimist if you plan for the worst but hope for the best. It makes you responsible for yourself and your family. In today's world where storms are growing more deadly and frequent, you need to have a plan. What can help you survive a flood in your area?

1. Clean Water - As odd as it may sound, clean drinking water is a must for those who are experiencing a flood. Those waters that are consuming your town can be contaminated as sewage and other chemicals can be intermingled. As survival water pouches are fairly cheap, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have some on hand in an emergency.

2. Cooking Food - During a flood, it is quite possible that your area could experience a power outage as power substations could become submerged. Although a fireplace can easily cook food as well as a stove, not every home is equipped with one. If you are unable to vacate the area, using solar stoves or potpourri candles can help keep your food warm. In fact, a potpourri tea-light can heat up a nice hot cup of instant coffee in just a few minutes.

3. Non-perishables - Storing food is common practice for many households. Canned goods are the most common for they have a much longer shelf life and can survive floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes without compromising the quality. A can of food can remain submerged in flood waters for years without damaging the contents within the can.

4. Communications - Smartphones are a way of life for many people across the globe. However, do you have means to charge the phone if the power is out? Solar battery packs can be bought for your survival kit that can help keep your communication devices powered. Depending on the type of storm you are experiencing, the relay station for phone service could be compromised as well. A solar charging or hand-crank powered radio is also a wise addition to your survival gear.

5. Evacuation Plan - Most importantly, your family should have an evacuation plan if the members are ever separated. You need to establish a "safe-house" that everyone in the family knows about. It may not be a bad idea to have a secondary location planned as well in case the first one is subjected to the disaster itself.

Being swept away by flood waters is different than rafting down the rapids of a raging river. Stones in the river are stationary unlike the debris during a flood that is floating which can cause severe bodily harm. Not subjecting yourself or your family to such instances will always be the best course of action. It's not paranoia if you would rather protect yourself or your family than become another flood statistic and evacuate the area prior to the flood reaching you.

Author Bio:
This article is contributed by Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from You can reach her at: m.hatter12 @ gmail. com.

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