Floods Are The Deadliest Disasters
A great many of the biggest disasters in recorded history have been floods. Whether biblical in nature such as Noah’s flood or the devastation of Galveston from the 1900 hurricane known as”Isaac’s Storm” (Named after the meteorologist who tried to warn people of the storm) or Hurricanes Camille, Andrew and Katrina. All these caused enormous damage and death. Creating a plan to avert a flooding disaster on these levels is pretty simple… get out before they occur.
Floods from dams bursting, river floods and storm surges from tropical storms, hurricane and typhoons have literally killed millions of people. China leads the list of deaths by flooding with a single flood in 1931 causing an estimated 4,000,000 deaths.
The single largest single day death toll in the US is from the storm that struck Galveston, TX in 1900 called Isaac’s Storm. The death toll was estimated as high as 12,000 souls. The majority of them were from the storm surge of 15 feet that engulfed the island that was only 8 feet above sea level. No one who lived on the island went without reduction of some type.
Are You in a Flood Zone?
Do you live next to a stream, creek or river? In that case, you are in a flood zone. Do you live downstream from a dam? Then you certainly are in a flood zone. Do you live close to the beach? Then you’re in a flood zone. Even if you live inland you can still be in a flood zone. What could be worse, you could live close to a flash flood zone.
Contact FEMA to find out more about your location. Use this link to learn more about FEMA and also download a program to give you early warning alerts.
This could be a simple as riding out the hassle of flooded roads and washed out bridges or complete evacuation due to your home being submerged or swept away. More than other types of emergencies, planning for a flood is specific to your location and environment.
For us, we live on high ground that has very little chance of a flood. There’s virtually no possibility of a flash flood hitting our home. Street flooding is not a threat as our house is an 8 foot driveway and across the street is downhill to a series of ponds that can hold millions of gallons before flowing downhill to a significant highway. We built in a no-flood zone that does not have a threat of a’100 year’ flood.
Most of the country is not situated as we are. Most the population lives near the shore. A rise in the seas by even a small amount could mean disaster as not only would the coast line flood but rivers and streams would back up, causing major flooding inland.
If you live no where near a flood zone then you should get ready for the inconvenience of being without food, electricity, medical care and water and no way to have any. You could be under a boil water order and need to filter your drinking water. If you’re without power you’ll need a means to prepare food or consume food that doesn’t require cooking.
For flood of your home plan on taking what you will need to live on when you evacuate and move everything else up stairs prior to going. If you do not have an upstairs take pictures of your possessions for insurance purposes.
Do not think you can ride out a flood. Floods are more severe than a lot of folks understand. Quite simply, floods kill people, destroy property and change landscapes forever. Analyze your surrounding and understand how large water will affect you.
Plan now for everything from an inconvenient flood all the way to complete evacuation. This sort of planning might save you life and the lives of your family.
Floods Are The Deadliest Disasters