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The spring thaw and how to prepare for a flood

Mar 03, 2019 09:49AM ● By Editor

From the - March 3, 2019

As the snow falls and the drifts get higher, we are all familiar with the approaching seasonal end-game.  While celebrated as a part of the right of Spring, while searching for those first green shoots to push their way out of the still cold and damp ground, we all know what comes next from the Mississippi Valley to Gulf States and points north, south, east and west. Mother Natures gift to us all which in some cases can be overwhelming. The potential for floods even without the storms that brought them to us last year. An article submitted by Scott Huntington with a preppers twist.

Whether you live in a flood-prone place or there’s merely the possibility of a rising water line in your area, preparation is everything when it comes to flooding. Every household and workplace is different, but if you’re wondering about some common essential steps to take while preparing for a flood, here are five (5) good places to start.

Build a Preparedness Kit

One of the first things you should do if you want to be prepared for a flood is also the most straightforward. No matter where you live or who you share your life with, it’s worth taking the time to gather the things you’ll need in the event of a disaster. From there, think about where you can place them so you can easily grab them in a hurry.


You can find lots of tips at the DHS’s page, but here are the highlights for what you should have ready:

  • Any special-needs supplies, especially for children, seniors and pets
  • Three (3) days’ worth of food (non-perishable)
  • One (1) gallon of water per day for each person
  • Multiple flashlights
  • Emergency Radio with a hand-crank as well as batteries and a solar recharger built in
  • Well-stocked first aid kit, and the knowledge to use all its contents correctly
  • A survival whistle for each person, and some practiced signals
  • The cell/mobile phone just in case its infrastructure magically survives, a method to charge it off grid
  • A ham radio because the bullet above is sketchy at best
  • Fires tarter – weatherproof container with matches

Again, for a full list from the government, consult some of the DHS pages about emergency preparedness.

Make a Plan for Communication and Regrouping

Flash floods are proof enough that anybody, nearly anywhere, can be caught flat-footed by mother nature. However, even the most unpredictable flood is no excuse for not having a plan in place. Unless you live by yourself, you owe it to your family to put your heads together and come up with plans for all of the eventualities you can think of where your ability to rejoin or communicate with each other is compromised in any way.

As you put together your household plan — or a plan for your workplace, for that matter — everybody under your roof should be confident answering the following questions:

  • If a flood happens, will I have the means to receive official warnings and alerts?
  • Where will I seek shelter?
  • What is the safest, least flood-prone route I can take to my destination?
  • How will I get in touch with my family?

The people in our lives are our network and safety net, but that safety net will have big holes in it if you don’t spend time spelling out the details and making sure everybody has the same expectations should you become separated. Suppose you end up separated from your cell phone — do you have all of the relevant phone numbers memorized, recorded and with your supplies?

Once you’ve hammered out a plan, commit it to paper and practice it with your family, including the routes you’d take to make it to safety — either together or apart.

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