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How To Be Prepared When Flood Disaster Strikes

Updated on March 28, 2011

Many Communities Are Not Prepared For Disaster When It Strikes

sandbagging efforts do not always work.
sandbagging efforts do not always work.
Idle hands.
Idle hands.

Do Not Count On Your Local Government To Stop The Flooding

The town or city you live in is not something you should count on to keep you from harms way. They are run and operated by humans just like yourself and humans are just that. I suggest you make sure that you can handle whatever circumstance you live in without the assistance of Government Officials. They will have their hands full with those who are helpless. They might be helpless themselves.

Chaos and confusion rule when push comes to shove. Communication is often very poor and human personality traits often override good judgement. Being prepared might not only help you more, it may put you in an advantageous situation where you can help your fellow victims. Bad weather can and often does create an, every man for himself, survival situation.


This should come in the form of a radio to listen to. Local AM stations are often on target with what is going on.Talk Shows that stay on top of current events, can be extremely informative when you are confused as to what is happening. The use of cell phones and laptop computers has given these radio stations unbelievable access to first hand information. Up to the minute reports could be coming from people on the scene where TV coverage could be at a disadvantage. Wind up radios are available now and they do not require batteries so that is a big plus.

Being Prepared Could Save Your Life

Like many people, I have lived a good life and sometimes forgotten that there are no guarantees for survival and continuing peace and happiness. I spend a great deal of time fishing and trying to explore and develop my creative ideas. The ability to make choices in my life and to do as I please are not truly God given gifts.The right to have what I want, when I want it, is not a promise for all of mankind to count as fact.

We humans make our way through the every day struggle blind to a might that can toss our existence into complete chaos. Most of the time we are caught up in our own selfish little worlds. Our lives are dominated by TV, politics, family, work and so on. We disregard a destructive force lurking in the shadows of our daily routine. This force can dominate our circumstance whenever it wants and, there is nothing we can do to stop it. It is worth the effort to be prepared so you can survive the wrath of Mother Nature when she comes knocking at your door.

canoes, air rafts and kayaks are also helpful when the water comes in uninvited.
canoes, air rafts and kayaks are also helpful when the water comes in uninvited.

Flotation Devices For Flooding

My aluminum boat usually lives in a spot at the back of our property, leaned up against the garage. I do not use it very often. I did not purchase this wonderful little lady. She was going to be scrapped for the metal and I rescued her for a song. She usually just sits there sheltering spiders and rolly polly bugs but, she is there when I need her.

The boat is sort of ugly and not too comfortable but it floats and it will hold four people with ease. The addition of a trolling motor, a couple of paddles and some life vests and this little beauty can make a big impact during emergency situations. A solid flotation devise is in order for surviving flood waters. You should have manual propelling devises such as paddles or ores. A small motor can be a big help too. Make sure to have life vests for safe boating as well. You never know when the boat could tip over.

A rope for mooring, a battery for electric motors, and a blanket are also good things to have on hand to go along with the boat. A wool blanket is best because it can block out wind and cold even when it is wet. Army type blankets are some of the best for adverse conditions.

Light Your Way To Safety

Flashlights, lanterns candles and flares are also wise to have on hand. There are a variety of choices in this range of elements that can help guide you through darkness. Flashlights are good but their batteries are often short lived. I suggest trying to find some other forms of lighting to have available for emergency situations.

Candles, cigarette lighters and lanterns are good options. Wooden stick matches are a must. The old fashioned kind will strike even when they get a little damp. I also like the old fashioned wick style lanterns. They burn lamp oil, kerosene or regular charcoal lighter fluid. They will burn for long hours without going out and are easy to operate. Having more than one light source is best. A light for each person in the household should be standard survival needs, just in case you can not stay together.

Warm And Dry Concerns

Emergency blankets for warmth and comfort are a must to think about. I like wool blankets because they hold heat and also do not take up as much room as bulky comforters or sleeping bags.They have been standard military issue for generations of soldiers so there must be a good reason for picking wool.

Keep rubber boots, waders and waterproof gear handy. This is a must have. You will last longer in wet conditions if you can stay as dry as possible. It is important to stay warm and being wet does not help. Your feet, hands and head should be protected as much as possible.

Have gloves to protect your hands. I like leather garden gloves because they do such a good job protecting. They can get wet and they will dry out without ruining them. They are very durable too. Make sure everyone in the household has something for their hands. Make sure to have a hat or hooded garment as well. You can stay much warmer if you have head, hands and feet covered properly.

Keep Your Feet Dry And Warm If Possible

Wearing proper protection for your feet is important for more than the obvious reasons. Good rubber insulation can also protect you from unseen danger. There is always the possibility of electrical shock when buildings go under water.The right boots or waders can save your life.

Other enemies that can be found in deep water are items that could cut your feet and legs. Flood water is dirty and full of debris, not to mention sewage. A cut could land you in the hospital with a terrible infection. Be careful moving through water. It will pay off in the long run. You should consider that wildlife, that could be dangerous might also be around. Snakes and other amphibians could attack. If your world is being upset by Mother Nature, so are the local critters.

First Aide And Fresh Water Are A Must Have

Do Not Drink Water From A Tap if you suspect that there is a water main break. This is serious business when it comes to health issues. It is best to have a few gallons of water on hand until you can be sure that the water has not been contaminated. Be very conservative with the water you know is safe until you are able to determine what is going on with the local community supply.

First aide kits are available in neat little packages that are very portable. You should be sure to include peroxide as a wash for minor wounds and some kind of antibacterial ointment. Clean, sterile gauze is also good to have handy. Many of the other items found in a first aide kit can be done without, but the others should be considered a must.

Recapping List Of Essential Survival Items You Should Have On Hand

  • warm clothes
  • good rubber boots or waders
  • leather gloves
  • first aide kit
  • a flotation device such as a small boat or raft
  • paddles, ores, a motor
  • lighting devices such as candles or flashlights
  • matches or lighters
  • wool blankets
  • fresh water
  • communication devices such as radios and cell phones

Other things to Consider

  • pets
  • medication
  • disconnecting power sources in the house before you evacuate
  • food

  • having a plan for survival

Do Not Try To Drive Through Water To Safety


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    • C.S.Alexis profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from NW Indiana


      that is what it is all about...good luck with your hub, share away!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, this Hub is a related one to the one I just recently published "Could Your Family Survive A Natural Disaster: Be Prepared". This is such a good Hub on that subject. Hurricane Issac left a lot of flooding in my area of S. Fl. People cannot get their cars out of their driveways. My Hub is showing as a related one to this Hub. May I link this Hub into mine?

      I voted this Hub UP, etc.etc. and would like to share.

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      8 years ago

      this helps thanks

    • C.S.Alexis profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from NW Indiana


      I too have dealt with fire when living in rural Texas. The smell of smoke day in and day out is something. Looking out the window at night we could see fire in all directions and this went on for a couple of weeks. We had to keep everything wet down. That fire situation burned 17 houses within a mile of ours. Watching our neighbor's properties go up in flames was very disturbing. Personally I hate the feeling of helplessness. The fact is we are not the almighty.

      You brought back memories I have almost forgotten. Thanks for visiting and sharing, bless you. C.S.

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      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Our family has not gone through floods, but we have experienced the fear and danger of fire evacuations. We learned first hand the local government resources are often not able to fight all the fires because they are stretched to thin during emergencies, so my dad and a few neighbors had to take it upon themselves to hose down the forest near their house in order to keep the fire from spreading. They could have evacuated, but if they had left the fires would have kept spreading and more people would have lost their homes that day. Thus, many people are now deciding not to evacuate during fires and stay behind and defend their homes. Flooding is more scary in my opinion because there is nowhere you can go, especially hearing about Hurricane Katerina and how people were calling 911 and literally drowning. Thanks for sharing your story and I am glad your family survived this disaster.


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