A 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 attempted to warn individuals of the storm) or Hurricanes Camille, Andrew and Katrina. All of these caused enormous damage and death. Creating a plan to avert a flooding disaster on these levels 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 a single flood in 1931 causing an estimated 4,000,000 deaths.
The single biggest single day death toll in the US is from the storm that struck Galveston, TX in 1900 known as Isaac’s Storm. The death toll was estimated as large as 12,000 souls. Most these 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 kind.
Are You in a Flood Zone?
Do you live next to a stream, creek or river? If so, you are in a flood zone. Do you live downstream from a dam? Then you’re in a flood zone. Do you live close to the beach? Then you are in a flood zone. What could be worse, you could live close to a flash flood zone.
Contact FEMA to learn more about your location. Use this link to learn more about FEMA and also download an app to give you early warning alarms.
This might be a simple as riding out the inconvenience of flooded roads and washed out bridges or complete evacuation due to 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 chance of a flash flood hitting our home. Street flooding is not a threat as our home is an 8 foot driveway and across the road is downhill to a series of ponds that can hold millions of gallons before flowing downhill to a major highway. We assembled in a no-flood zone that does not have a threat of a’100 year’ flood.
Most of the nation is not located as we are. The majority of the populace lives near the coast. A growth in the seas by even a small amount could mean disaster as not only could the shore line flood but streams and rivers would back up, causing major flooding inland.
If you live no where near a flood zone then you need to prepare for the inconvenience of being without electricity, food, medical care and water and no way to have any. You may be under a boil water order and need to filter your drinking water. If you are without power you will need a way to prepare food or have food that doesn’t require cooking.
For flooding of your house plan on taking what you will need to live on when you evacuate and move everything else up stairs prior to going. If you do not have an upstairs take pictures of your belongings for insurance purposes.
Do not believe you can ride out a flood. Floods are more severe than a lot of people understand. Quite simply, floods kill people, destroy property and change landscapes forever. Know your situation. Assess your surrounding and understand how large water will affect you.
Plan now for all from an inconvenient flood all the way to full evacuation. This sort of planning might save you life and the lives of your loved ones.