Flood Survival Tips | How To Survive Before, During, And After A Flood

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With preparedness and these flood survival tips, you can both survive and recover. Here’s how!

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In this article:

  1. Before a Flood Safety Measures
  2. Flood Safety Tips During an Evacuation
  3. Survival During Flood Safety Tips
  4. After the Flood Safety Tips

Critical Flood Survival Tips You Should Know!

Before a Flood Safety Measures

Remember that where there is rain, there may be a flood. Preparing for this natural disaster is still the best way to ensure survival.

Know the history of your area when it comes to flooding. Preparing before a disaster strikes will give you a higher chance of survival, plus recovery will be easier and faster.

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You may even save a good portion of your property. It is important to note though, life matters more than any of the property you have.

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1. Build an Emergency Kit

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This is a comprehensive flood survival kit list as suggested by the American Red Cross. You can also check this emergency survival kit list: Survival Life’s Comprehensive Checklist For A 72 Hour Survival Kit

2. Make a Family Communications Plan

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Communication is essential to flood survival for you and members of your family.

3. Avoid Property Construction in a Floodplain

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Try to build on higher ground to avoid being hit by floods.

4. Put Up Barriers

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Build floodwalls, levees, or beams to prevent floodwater from rushing to your home, fast.

5. Seal Your Basement

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Waterproof your basement and protect it from seepage by sealing the walls, cracks, and crevices. There is a greater chance of protecting your property and yourself with a sealed basement.

6. Look for Warnings

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Monitor a central weather station or local news for flood warnings or updates.

7. Check Gutters, Downspouts, and Drains

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Clogged drains and gutters can destroy your roof and let water in your home faster than you can save everything in it. Regularly clear your roof of debris.

8. Clear the Floor

Move electronics and furniture off the floor and transfer them to higher and secured places.

9. Roll Up Your Rugs

Wet rugs are bad news for your wallet and your health. Roll them up and secure them well so they don’t get wet, moldy, or totally destroyed.

10. Prepare an Evacuation Kit

Secure your important documents in sealed or waterproof bags. Trying to reapply for these documents again after a calamity can be a hassle, and having these documents handy will help you when you need assistance.

11. Inspect Sump Pumps and Drains to Ensure Proper Operation

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Flood survival requires many steps, like inspecting the sump pump in your basement. Get your sump pump fresh batteries.

12. Turn Off the Power

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One way to achieve flood survival is by turning off the power supply to your home. Turn off the main breaker of your electrical system.

13. Move Your Appliances

Elevate all your electrical appliances.

Flood Safety Tips During an Evacuation

  • If asked to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Make sure every person in your family has the same contact person (friend or family member) in case you should become separated during the evacuation.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio for evacuation instructions.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes.
  • Leave early to avoid being trapped by flooded roadways.

Survival During Flood Safety Tips

This overflow of large volumes of water is the effect of many events: heavy rainfall, damaged levee or dam, or the melting of ice up in the mountains.

The destructive power of floods should never be underestimated. In fact, houses, cars, trees, and even bridges do not stand a chance against the treacherous waters.

It is important to remember that there is more to a flood than water. The debris it carries are not always visible and doubles the flood’s destructive power.

During a flood, going for higher ground as soon as possible could be your best chance of flood survival. Flood survival may seem impossible when everything is in deep water.

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These tips could help you stay safe when caught in a flood:

1. Find Higher Ground

Getting to higher ground is instinctive when there is a flood, but you also have to be smart about it. Make sure the structure is secure and stable. If you’re going up hills or mountains, watch out for landslides and flash floods.

2. Avoid Streams and Roads

Attempting to cross rushing waters or driving through flooded roads is extremely dangerous. Avoid doing so at all cost.

3. Go to the Roof

Go to the highest part of your home or the roof as soon as the water starts to rise too fast.

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Keep a battery-operated radio in your preparedness stash. Getting fresh information about the disaster you are in is vital to your survival. Any new development will also help you calculate or plan your next move.

5. Keep Utilities Powered Off

Whether it’s electricity, gas, or water, try turning them all off before the water starts coming in.

6. Stay Clean

Flood waters are almost always filled with contaminants and water-borne diseases. Whether you have open cuts and wounds or not, stay clean to prevent infection.

7. Know Your Surroundings

It pays to check the landscape and history of your area for floods and other natural disasters. Rivers, dams, streams, and canyons are high-risk areas for floods.

8. Watch for Evacuation Orders

This is related to the previous flood survival tip. Knowing your area will help you plan your route to an evacuation area.

9. Don’t Drive Around Barricades

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Flood survival is easy if you are extra careful.

10. Don’t Risk It

Stay away from a flooded road or turn around, whether you are walking or driving.

11. Evacuate Your Vehicle

If your car gets caught in flood water get out of it as quickly as you safely can and get to higher ground. Click here to view or download this quick reference guide.

After the Flood Safety Tips

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Flood survival is also about believing that the disaster always has to end and the human spirit is stronger.

1. Check the News

Listen to news updates for warning of water contamination and safety precautions against the spread of disease or social unrest.

2. Avoid Floodwaters

Floodwaters may have not yet receded in some areas so steer clear of these areas as they may be deep, muddy, or contaminated.

3. Keep Off of Flooded Roads

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Waters may have receded in some roads but it might not be safe to drive in yet. The road may have softened and could give in while you drive through it.

4. Enter Buildings with Caution

Take great caution when inspecting homes and buildings as there may be dangers lurking by.

5. Keep Your Home Clean

As we’ve stated, flood water may be contaminated with sewage and chemicals. Make sure to not only clean but disinfect your property or your things before you come into contact with them.

6. Avoid Electrical Wires

Keep away from electrical wires and knocked power lines — electrocution is often a major cause of death in floods. It is also best to report the situation to authorities.

7. Check for Animals

Both dead and alive snakes and other dangerous animals may have been swept with the flood. Exercise precaution when clearing up debris in your property.

8. Be Alert for Gas Leaks

Keeping flashlights handy is very important. Avoid using matches or candles to inspect your place and use flashlights instead to avoid the risk of igniting a gas-contaminated area.

9. Repair Sewage Systems

Whether in a flood or not, a broken-down sewage system poses serious health threats — more so after a flood. Make sure to report damaged sewage system to authorities and fix it first as soon as possible.

10. Disinfect Everything

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Flood survival is also about getting up and moving on. Floodwater can be contaminated and affect everything it came in contact with. Clean up and disinfect everything you can still save before you use them.

 

This video from Cars.com will show us some flood safety tips, especially how to survive a flood in a car:

There is no need to be reminded of the devastation caused by floods since they happen every year in our country. Getting ready and armed with the proper flood survival know-how can mean the difference between survival and demise in this kind of natural disaster (or any other, for that matter).

Knowing flood safety tips and flood survival rules can lessen the impact of this natural disaster on you and your family. Whether a flood is coming, happening, or has passed, take heed of these flood safety tips to help you get through the ordeal.

What would you do yourself to prepare for a flood or survive one? Share your flood survival tips with us in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 3, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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Flood Survival Tips | How To Survive Before, During, And After A Flood

  1. a_browning says:

    Hmm, build your home on high ground whenever possible. While I don’t live on top of a hill (wish I did), I am located more than half way up a good hill. I’ve been here to see record rainfall in a day and record for a season (aka saturated ground for over a month so far, 13 inches above normal) and there is no flooding here. I wouldn’t live most places in Houston if you paid me. 11 inches of rain in a few hours on mostly low ground is asking for trouble.

  2. larry martin says:

    My brother owned a house in N Texas next to a small creek. For years it was OK, even during storms. However, after development upstream paved over the green fields and earth that soaked up rain, the drainage increase substantially. The next storm was a rampaging river and came into every house on the creek. Bad news.

    1. Anonymous says:

      is your brother dead

      1. Anonymous says:

        I said that

  3. Chase says:

    I need the authors name

  4. Achiraa says:

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