Previous disasters have shown that aid may sometimes be slow in coming and it gets to a point where every man, woman, and family must fend for themselves. In recognition of the prepper culture, we would like to look at a few simple yet very crucial things to know and to do when your home gets overwhelmed by flood waters.
This is aside from the fact that every prepper conscious home must have stocked up on the basics such as food, water, first aid/medicine and protection. Now let’s see how to go about things in the aftermath of a flooding event.
First is to make sure it’s safe:
Each year about 150 people die because of floods, according to the American Red Cross. Many of those fatalities are due to electrocution or other accidents that occur after the floodwaters have gone down.
- If there is standing water next to the outside walls of your home, don’t go in. Your home’s foundation may have been weakened, the electrical system may have shorted out, and floodwaters may have left behind things that could make you sick.
- Turn off your electricity when you return home. Some appliances, such as television sets, can shock you even after they have been unplugged. Don’t use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried.
- Watch for animals, especially snakes. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to seek poke and turn items over and scare away small animals.
- Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you are sure that the gas has been turned off and the area has been aired out.
Here are some things you will need when it’s safe to go back into your house:
- First aid kit
- Battery-operated radio
- Waterproof boots or waders
- Safety clothing, such as a hard hat and gloves
- Boots or shoes with hard soles
- Dust mask
- Camera or video camera to record damage…(see more here)