Floods Are The Deadliest Disasters
A great many of the largest disasters in recorded history have been floods. Whether biblical in nature such as Noah’s flood or the devastation of Galveston by the 1900 hurricane called”Isaac’s Storm” (Named after the meteorologist who attempted to warn people of the storm) or Hurricanes Camille, Andrew and Katrina. All of these caused massive damage and death. Creating a plan to avoid a flooding disaster on those amounts is pretty simple… get out before they occur.
Floods from dams bursting, river flooding and storm surges from tropical storms, hurricane and typhoons have literally killed millions of people. China leads the list of deaths by flood with a single flooding in 1931 causing an estimated 4,000,000 deaths.
The single largest single day death toll in the US is from the storm that hit Galveston, TX in 1900 called Isaac’s Storm. The death toll was estimated as large as 12,000 souls. Most them were from the storm surge of 15 feet that engulfed the island that 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?
Can you live next to a stream, creek or river? If so, you are in a flood zone. Then you certainly are in a flood zone. Do you live close to the beach? Then you’re in a flood zone. Even if you live inland you can still be in a flood zone. What could be worse, you could live near a flash flood zone.
Contact FEMA to learn more about your location. You may be in a flood zone and not know it. Use this link to learn more about FEMA and even download a program to give you early warning alarms.
This might be a simple as riding out the hassle of flooded roads and washed out bridges or complete evacuation because of 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 chance of a flood. There is virtually no possibility of a flash flood hitting our home. Street flooding isn’t a threat as our home is an 8 foot driveway and across the street is downhill to a series of ponds that can hold millions of gallons prior to flowing downhill to a major highway. We assembled in a no-flood zone that doesn’t have a threat of a’100 year’ flood.
The majority of the nation isn’t located as we are. The majority of the population lives near the coast. A growth in the seas by even a small amount could mean disaster as not only could the coast line flood but rivers and streams would back up, causing major flooding inland.
If you live no where near a flood zone then you need to get ready for the inconvenience of being without electricity, food, medical care and water and no way to get any. You may be under a boil water order and will need to filter your drinking water. If you’re without power you will need a way to prepare food or have food that does not require cooking.
For flood of your house plan on taking what you will need to stay on when you evacuate and move everything else up stairs prior to going. If you do not have an upstairs take pictures of your possessions for insurance purposes.
Floods are Serious
Do not believe you can ride out a flood. Floods are more serious than many folks 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 everything from an inconvenient flood all the way to full evacuation. This type of planning might save life and the lives of your loved ones.
Floods Are The Deadliest Disasters