FLOOD

Overview of stats & general information about disaster

A Flood is a natural disaster that occurs when a large body of water flows or submerges land that does not typically encounter large amounts of flowing water over it. These floods are usually the by products of heavy rain, tsunamis, and/or hurricanes that produces strong winds that carry ocean water onto usually dry land. 

preparation

how to prepare for a flood

When preparing for a flood you should keep a list of emergency numbers at hand and establish whether you will relocate or stay home. If you decide to stay home, you should prepare your household as adequately as possible in order to avoid any extra damage to the home and personal belongings. You should roll up rugs/carpets and place electrical and important objects on higher ground.  You should place any important documents into waterproof containers. Turn off the power, gas, and any other sources that could cause further hazardous conditions as a result of the flood. Ensure that you keep a cellphone and flashlight at hand in the case that you are trapped and need to call for help. 

during

What to do during a flood

During a flood, avoid driving for any reason. In the case that you ABSOLUTELY need to drive, avoid driving through flooded areas since you could lose control of the car or the vehicle may even begin to float. You should try your best to safely get to higher ground as the water levels may rise and stay away from power lines. Also do not attempt to swim in flowing water. This water may easily sweep you off your feet and can potentially be carrying harmful debris such as metal, broken glass, and toxic chemicals that could be harmful to you. Listen to your local radio station or news channel for further instructions or rescue teams. 

aftermath and recovery

What to do after a flood

After a flood, continue to listen to your local news channel/radio station. They could provide useful information on what to do next and what dangerous routes to avoid when driving back home (if you decided to relocate). When arriving home make sure to asses damages from outside first and determine whether it is safe to enter. Check for potential gas leaks, broken glass, and damaged/ broken power lines. Take pictures of the damage for insurance purposes. You should also throw away contaminated food items and keep windows and doors open for good ventilation. There may still be water in your home therefore you should pump any excess water our of our home.