Preparing for natural disasters is so critical these days because they seem to be happening more frequently and with greater intensity all around the world. And you don’t necessarily have to be one of those people preparing for the end of days, but preparing your home and your family for a scenario such as a flood, is a great idea. Let’s talk about prepping for when flooding strikes! In case you missed this post, 12 Types of Natural Disasters
That’s because floods don’t typically give you much time to prepare, and many unfortunate people decide to wait until the last minute and then try to get up to speed. Maybe you don’t live in a part of the country that experiences flooding too often, but this information could still be of importance to you, especially if your area were to ever be blindsided by a freak storm. Here’s more on prepping for when flooding strikes.
Have a Plan Already In Place
Get an emergency plan in place for where you will go if you’re ever forced to evacuate your home. Whether it’s a family or friend’s house that lives an hour or two away is the place where you may decide to go, or you seek protection at your local shelter in the meantime.
There’s also the possibility that your family may be in different places when a flood strikes, so make sure that you go over with everyone in your family where you will rendezvous should that be the case.
You’re going to need to have several escape routes planned out that you can take in your vehicle, in case the main roads are blocked by traffic, flooding, or debris. You want to get your family to higher ground to escape those risks as quickly as possible.
Preparing Your Home for a Flood
If you have time to do so, there are a number of things that you need to do around your home to prepare for a flood:
- First off, make sure that your gutters are clear of leaves and debris so that they can move the rainwater away from your home.
- Remove low or hanging branches that are hovering near your home and trim your bushes. Unplug your appliances and set them on cement blocks, such as your water heater, washer and dryer, furnace, and refrigerator.
- Many homeowners place sandbags and other barriers around their home to redirect the floodwaters to keep their homes safe when a flood is threatening.
- While you may be spending more money on this one, just think of the hundreds of thousands of dollars you’d be saving in your home. You could also try using trash bags and fill them with dirt to help stop your home from flooding.
- You also need to unplug everything else that’s electrical and move them to the highest point in your home to keep them from being water damaged. Also, move any of your valuables and furniture upstairs to the highest point in your home.
- If you have any fuel or water tanks out in the garage, find some way to tie or chain them down.
- Another thing that you need to consider long before any flooding is threatening your home, is to get your home covered by flood insurance
Flood Supplies You Will Need
If your home does take in floodwaters you’re going to need a method to remove water from your basement. Get yourself a sump pump for your home that has a battery-powered back-up in case you’re also dealing with a power outage.
Drinking-Water and Water Filter
When flooding happens in your area, it may not be bad enough that you have to evacuate your home. But you could be dealing with tampered tap water along with a power outage and no safe way of getting to the grocery store.
Plan on storing enough bottled or gallons of water for everyone in your family for at least 3 days. On average, you will need four gallons of water per person, per day, so plan accordingly. Some people even fill up their bathtubs and sinks for drinking water and then use a portable water filter to purify their water. One of my favorite ways to store water is in WaterBricks.
It’s a great idea to have a fully-stocked emergency pantry already in place so that your family has something to fall back on. Non-perishable food items are shelf-stable for long periods of time, so I’d encourage you to go this route, and have enough for at least a 72 hour period.
Don’t forget snack items like protein bars and beef sticks or jerky for energy. There’s also a good chance that you won’t be able to cook if the power has gone out, so also plan on foods that don’t require any cooking.
You’re going to need updates on the weather and any changes that may be happening. Get yourself a weather radio that is solar powered or is hand-cranked to receive vital information. You will also need 2-way radios for your family if one of you has to separate from the rest of the group. Weather NOAA Radio
Warm Blankets and Clothing
Be sure to have plenty of warm blankets and extra clothing ready for each of your family members. Don’t forget socks and underwear. In case you missed this post, 6 Reasons To Store Blankets For Any Emergency
There are not many things in life that are more miserable than sitting in cold, sopping-wet clothing. Don’t forget to pack rain gear for everyone in case you have to venture outside.
When you are planning to hunker down in your home while waiting out the flood, you’re going to need some way of staying warm. Get yourself a non-electric heater like a propane heater to do the trick. Be careful as most propane heaters must be used outdoors.
There’s always the possibility that you may have to evacuate your home, so you will need to have gathered enough supplies and essentials ahead of time and set aside if you need to leave in a hurry.
Protect Your Documents
Get yourself a water/fireproof chest that you can store all your important documents, computer memory cards, and smaller valuables that you don’t want to be misplaced. Gather your marriage certificate, birth certificates, insurance information, and other documents that you don’t want to lose. In case you missed my post, How To Compile My FREE Emergency Binder Download
When You’re Forced to Evacuate…
If the situation becomes life-threatening and you have to evacuate your home, don’t hesitate and get out quickly. But if you still have enough time before you have to leave, make sure that you turn off your electricity, water, and gas to your home to minimize the damage to your home and related appliances and equipment.
Flooding is something that should never be taken lightly. They not only cause major damage to homes and entire communities, but they’ve been known to take many lives as well. With these prepping tips, you’ll be able to not only minimize your home’s damage, but also keep your family safer, which should be your main concern. What tips would you consider for prepping for when flooding strikes? God Bless this world, Linda
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