Floods

Floods

Key West Florida Hurricane Dennis WeatherA great many of the biggest disasters in recorded history have been flooding. Whether biblical in nature such as Noah’s flood or the devastation of Galveston from the 1900 hurricane called”Isaac’s Storm” (Named after the meteorologist who tried to warn individuals of the storm) or Hurricanes Camille, Andrew and Katrina. All these caused enormous damage and death. Creating a plan to avert a flooding disaster on those amounts is pretty simple… get out before they occur.
Floods from dams bursting, river flooding and storm surges from tropical storms, hurricane and typhoons have killed millions of people. China leads the list of deaths by flood with one flooding in 1931 causing an estimated 4,000,000 deaths.
The single biggest single day death toll in the united states is from the storm that struck Galveston, TX in 1900 called Isaac’s Storm. The death toll was estimated as large as 12,000 souls. Most them were from the storm surge of 15 feet that engulfed the island which was only 8 feet above sea level. No one who lived on the island went without reduction of some type.
Can you live next to a stream, creek or river? In that case, you’re in a flood zone. Then you’re in a flood zone. Do you live close to the beach? Then you’re in a flood zone. What could be worse, you could live close to a flash flood zone.
Contact FEMA to find out more about where you are. Use this link to find out more about FEMA and also download a program to give you early warning alarms.
This might be a simple as riding out the hassle of flooded roads and washed out bridges or complete evacuation because of your home being submerged or swept away. More than other types of emergencies, planning to get a flooding is specific to your location and environment.
For us, we live on high ground that has hardly any likelihood of a flood. There’s virtually no possibility of a flash flood hitting our dwelling. Street flooding isn’t a threat as our house is an 8 foot driveway and across the road is downhill to a series of ponds that can hold millions of gallons prior to flowing downhill to a significant highway. We assembled in a no-flood zone that doesn’t have a threat of a’100 year’ flood.
The majority of the nation isn’t located as we are. Most the populace lives near the shore. A growth in the seas by even a small amount could mean disaster as not only could the shore line flood but rivers and streams would back up, causing significant flooding inland.
If you live no where near a flood zone then you need to get ready for the inconvenience of being without food, electricity, medical care and water and no way to have any. You could be under a boil water order and will need to filter your drinking water. If you’re without power you’ll need a means to prepare food or consume food that doesn’t require cooking.
For flood of your house plan on taking what you will need to stay on when you evacuate and move everything else up stairs prior to going. If you don’t have an upstairs take pictures of your possessions for insurance purposes.
Do not believe you can ride out a flood. Floods are more severe than a lot of folks understand. Quite simply, floods kill people, destroy property and alter landscapes forever. Assess your surrounding and understand how large water will influence you.
Plan now for all from an inconvenient flood all the way to complete evacuation. This sort of planning might save life and the lives of your loved ones.


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