Guide to Floods

flood guideFloods are a natural phenomenon which seem to have worsen in recent years, probably due to world wide destruction of the environment. What natural barriers that have been there before to put floods on bay have been destroyed, drastically altered to fit the needs of the human population.

The ravaging and devastation we have experienced from floods can only be blamed on human being’s past and present actions. Fortunately, now we know better and live with a conscious effort to make things better.

Since we’re already doing our part of preventing such terrible flood tragedies to happen, all we need to do now is protect ourselves on the event that such flooding would occur. And believe me, floods will come, it’s just a matter of the question “when.” In this regard preparation is always the best.

Being caught off guard can really be a life and death situation. We have compiled some things that you can do before, on the event, and after a major flood.


• You should study the flood warning signs used in your community. Also, be familiar with the various alerts your have like sirens, horns, etc. Being aware and vigilant is always the first step.

• Stock up various building materials so just in case a flood occurs and cause considerable damage, you can rebuild quickly.

• Place some check valves in sewer traps. This will prevent flood waters from backing up in your sewer drains.

• Organize a planned evacuation route. Practice it with your family. Also make up a communication plan in case any one of your family got separated due to the surging flood.

• Be ready with supplies. These supplies should include the necessities like flashlights and batteries, battery operated radio, food and water, hand can opener, necessary medicines, and some cash and credit cards.

• Each family member should be knowledgeable on how to attend to your home’s gas, electricity, and water. Your children by now should already know how to call 9-1-1.

• And finally, clarify your home insurance agents about coverage in case of flood damage. At least you will know before hand that your insurance covers and which ones it will not.


If the flood hits and you’re still indoors:

• Get your radio and listen to any emergency information being broadcasted.

• Prepare your emergency supplies and keep them within reach.

• Store as much clean water as you can.

• If you can, move any valuables on higher ground.

• Be ready to leave immediately once the situation worsens or when told to do so.

If you have been caught by the flood outdoors:

• Look for high ground. It may be a landing, a tree or anything. Climb it and stay there.

• You should avoid walking through the floodwaters.

• If you have been caught in your car, turn around and move the other way. If the car stalls down due to the floodwaters, get out and go to a higher place.

• If floodwaters hit you when you’re evacuating, remain calm and move towards the recommended evacuation routes as quickly as you can. If the water begins to swell and the currents too strong, go to any high place and stay there until rescue arrives.

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