Here in Mississippi, everything is already starting to turn green, and it’s only March. With that comes the rain. We are currently under a flood warning through this Friday, and according to the National Weather Service — that’s just the beginning.
Expectations for our neck of the woods are above-average precipitation, not just for us but for a big portion of the country due to an “El Nino” weather pattern for the season ahead.
Are you prepared for Spring Floods?
Flooding devastates communities, destroys neighborhoods, and displaces thousands of families. Now is the time to make sure that you have all your ducks in a row so that you are prepared if you have any possibility of flooding in your area — now or in the future. From basic bug-out bags to more comprehensive survival gear, more than ever, folks pride themselves on their level of preparedness and quick action in these types of emergency situations.
However, even the most advanced level of prepping can be tested when trapped by rising flood waters in the pitch-blackness of night. No one expects the 100, 500, or 1000-year flood in the days, weeks, or months preceding the actual event. Seems that is always the commentary after the fact when the damage is done.
According to FEMA, flooding is one of the most common and dangerous hazards in the United States. FEMA states,
Flood risk isn’t just based on history; it’s also based on a number of factors including rainfall, topography, flood-control measures, river-flow and tidal-surge data, and changes due to new construction and development.
Importantly, FEMA stresses that prepping before the flood, staying alert and aware during the flood, and returning home safely after the flood, are essential for protecting your family, home, and business.
Before the Flood:
As with any emergency situation or natural disaster, it is also important to:
During the Flood:
During a flood, it is important to pay attention to emergency alerts and warnings on the radio and television. Knowing flooding terminology is key to understanding these alerts and accurately assessing the severity of the situation. Having a NOAA Weather Radio is imperative.
Key terms to know during a flood are:
For individuals who need to leave their homes or evacuate during a flood, FEMA recommends:
Flash Flooding is a particularly dangerous aspect of any flood emergency and requires immediate action and possible evacuation.
After the Flood:
Safely returning home, contacting loved ones, assessing the damage, and beginning cleanup take priority after a flood. However, it is important to stay away from damaged areas in your community and only return to your home or business after safety officials have reported the area to be risk-free.
When returning home, The American Red Cross suggests: