Since floods are the most commonly occurring natural disaster in the United States, it is inevitable that a large percentage of the population will have to deal with a flood at some point in their lives. Given that a flood can occur literally anywhere and without notice, it is essential that people be aware of what they should do before, during, and after a flood. Here are a few tips to help you and your family stay safe in the event of a flood.
1. Prepare Your House for a Flood
A significant portion of flood safety concerns the preparation beforehand. It is often the case that floods are predicted at least hours in advance, so in an ideal scenario, you should have sufficient time to prepare your house for a flood. It is recommended that you charge any portable electronics, unplug appliances, and move valuable furniture to the upper floor(s) of the house.
Additional measures can be taken to prevent damage to your home. For example, sandbags can be placed around your house to lessen the impact of flood waters, and check valves can be installed to stop the backwards flow of water into your house’s drains.
2. Make an Evacuation Plan
While it’s a given that you should determine how your house may be impacted by a flood, it’s also a good idea to find out how the surrounding area will be affected. This is important for planning a safe evacuation route either before or after a flood. In addition to surveying the surrounding area, you should arrange for a set location for your family to meet, as well as securing some means of contacting one another. Lastly, make sure that your car’s gas tank is already full in the event that you need to evacuate. It would do no good if you had a careful plan set up, only to end up being stranded at home!
3. Know a Flood Watch vs. a Flood Warning
It is important to know the distinction between a flood watch and a flood warning and react accordingly. A flood watch only means that a flood could possibly occur, while a flood warning indicates that a flood is currently happening or is imminent. In the event of a flood watch, you should keep an eye on the news and weather, and have an emergency plan ready to act on. On the other hand, if the weather station reports that there is a flood warning, then you should immediately get yourself and your family to safety and make due with the emergency supplies you have.
4. Gather Emergency Supplies
No matter how at-risk your area is, it’s a good idea to have a least a rudimentary store of supplies ready in case of an emergency. At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water would be ideal; drinking water can be stored in refillable plastic bottles, while water for cleaning or flushing the toilet can be stored in the bathtub. In addition, flashlights, batteries, a radio, and a basic first aid kit are all very important to have at hand. A radio is especially important, as it will provide a reliable way of staying informed of any ongoing developments.
5. Stay Out of Flood Waters
It is absolutely vital to refrain from going into the flood waters both during and after a flood. Even after the initial flood waters have calmed down, they can still pose a significant danger. There can be a wide range of hazardous debris and other substances in flood waters, including sharp objects, electrical wires, sewage, and even large vehicles. Furthermore, water levels and currents can shift rapidly and become highly dangerous, so it’s best to just stay out of flood waters altogether.
Flooding doesn’t have to be caused by natural disasters. Flooding in the home can still cause serious damage to your property, your family’s health, and your wallet. Broken or burst pipes, damaged sump pumps, power outages, these are just some of the causes for everyday home flooding, and exactly what DriBot was designed to prevent. DriBot’s advanced sump pump system, optional water monitoring, and remote notifications mean you know the status of your sump pit and main water line 24/7, keeping your home safe from expensive and dangerous water damage.