Hurricanes and flooding may go hand in hand during storm season in Florida. Devastating flooding can happen near rivers, streams, and urban areas. Damages can include inconvenience, property damage, and death. During heavy periods of rain, newly constructed residential and business areas may be at risk to floods through a rise of groundwater, bring the once uninhabited area of land back to it’s original swampy state.
What To Do Before A Flood?
Monitor your NOAA weather radio with tone alert before the storm. During heavy downpour, watch for flood warnings, watches, or statements. Also be listening to your radio or TV station for updates.
These are a group of useful things to have on hand, at all times; sandbags, garbage bags, lumber, and plastic sheeting. Diverting water can help protect your property, but when the floods hits, it’s usually too late to put barricades up without industrial equipment.
Stock up on food, water, toiletries, utensils, clothing, batteries, flashlights, cooking equipment, and radios. If your car is empty on gas, fill it up in case you need to drive a long distance afterward.
Your food should be stocked in water proof containers, because it should never come into contact with flood water. Flood water may be contaminated. Stay away from it!
What To Do During A Flood?
Cars may become very dangerous in a flood, especially when driving into pools of water that have an unknown depth. During the night, it may be very hard to see how deep a pool of water is, and you don’t want to unexpectedly sink into 6 feet of water in a car.
If you’re on the first floor of a building, move upward into higher levels. A 6 foot body of water cannot climb 40 feet into the air. You will generally be safer at a higher elevation.
There’s one secret key to flood safety, and that is… Don’t try to swim to safety! Running water is very powerful, especially when there are debris in the water. You risk being trapped and drowned if you swim into the wrong flood zone.
What To Do After A Flood?
Only consume fresh food and water. Any consumable that has come into contact with flood water may have sewage, other people’s trash, and harmful bacteria.
Do not touch or handle live electrical equipment in a wet area. Touching live electrical items is a hazard, and must be dried out and tested by a professional before reactivating the equipment.
If you have a torch while you’re examining a building, put it out immediately and use a flashlight. Torches may spark flammable ingredients that have leaked into the water, doesn’t sound too pleasing, does it?
Keep track of any broken electrical or utility lines that you see, and report them to the appropriate authorities.
Open all the windows and doors to your house, turn on available fans to dry out the area.
Keep in mind that floods are the #1 natural damage causer in the USA. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding, be responsible. Protect your family and yourself from as much casualty and damage as possible.