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How can you prepare for flash floods?

Thumbnail image for floods.jpgFlooding can greatly impact a community. These disasters can expose families to significant property damage, scary situations and major safety risks. Serious injuries can come from accidents connected to floods.

One class of flooding that can be particularly worrisome are flash floods. These disasters can strike quickly and with little warning.

It is important to prepare in advance for the possibility of facing flash floods. Preparation can help individuals keep their family and property safe in the event that disaster strikes.

Here are some steps that can be taken to prepare for flashfloods:

  • Understand the risks: Locations vary in their level of risk for flash flooding. Areas that can be particularly at-risk include those that are densely populated, at low points, or near rivers. It can be worthwhile to research how big of a risk of flash floods there is in your area.
  • Be ready to monitor the situation: Know the signs of flash flooding and make sure you understand how to monitor emergency weather alerts.
  • Make a plan: It can be a good idea to have a plan for how to respond to flash flooding, including a plan for evacuation if it becomes necessary. It is important to make sure your whole family understands what they need to do in the case of an emergency evacuation, so it may be wise to practice the plan regularly.
  • Pack a flash flood response kit: This is a kit containing the supplies you would need to have access to and take with you in the event of a flash flood, such as blankets, flashlights, and cash.
  • Protect your property: There are various measures that can be taken to protect your property from damage. What measures would be appropriate depends in part on how at-risk the area you are in is for flash floods.
  • Protect important documents: After a flood, there are many documents that are important for you to have access to, such as paperwork related to insurance. Keeping such documents in a water proof container and having digital copies of them can help ensure that, should flooding strike, you still have the access to what you need.

While flash floods may seem like an unlikely possibility, there is never any harm in preparing for the unexpected. Work together as a family and as a community to have a plan set in place that allows you to be one step ahead of disaster.

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