Flood Survival with Children

Follow these valuable tips to help ensure you and your children survive a flood.

Do you know what to do in flood disasters and calamities? Keep your children safe! Follow these valuable tips to help ensure you and your children survive a flood. 

Floods are dangerous to everyone, but it’s even more dangerous for children who are not aware of the hazards during such calamities. They are less able to take the leadership role and have a higher chance of falling behind and being at risk to the dangers of a flood. You need to keep them safe by taking extra care and precaution. 

Be Aware

As a parent, you should regularly monitor weather reports for any chance of flooding in your area. Knowing as early as possible will make a world of difference from being trapped in your home to safely evacuate your children. 

Teach Them

Parents should always take the time to teach their children about floods, when and how they occur, what happens during, and what they need to do during disasters. 

  • Tell them not to panic and to find mom and dad as calmly and as quickly as they can. 
  • Teach them not to take their toys and not to leave the house alone. If they are old enough, teach them how to wear safety and protective gears on their own. 
  • Plan an evacuation strategy and a safe exit for your family in case of a flood. Identify a meeting place in case you are separated. Review this emergency plan with your family, most importantly the children a couple of times a year, so it becomes second nature to them. 
  •  Laminate a list of important contact numbers.

When you’ve properly prepared your children for floods, they will know how to react as you taught them and it will be easier to get through any calamities, whether it involves evacuation or other actions. 

Safety and Protective Wears

Even if your children know how to swim, safety wears are very important. Even if you’ve properly prepared them, floods can still create fear and panic. Likewise, in case of an unexpected turn of events, these will keep them safe. 

Arm Floats

These simple inflatable armbands are designed to help a wearer afloat in water. They are typically worn on the upper arms and are usually used to help children learn how to swim. They are durable, inexpensive, and easy to find. 

Life Vests

Even people who are considered good swimmers can drown, especially during floods where fear and panic can affect a person’s swimming ability. Children who are less powerful swimmers than adults are more prone to the dangers of flood water. Life vests will keep them afloat, turn the wearer the right way with his/her head upward to prevent drowning, and some life vests are designed to also keep the wearer warm and prevent shock from water exposure. 

Onyx General Purpose Life Vest

 Adult life vests

Full Throttle Child Water Buddies Life Vest

Children life vest 30-50 lbs

Full Throttle Infant/Child Nylon Vest

Infants up to 50lbs

Stearns Youth Boating Vest (50-90 lbs.)

Inflatable Boat

In case you need to evacuate, an inflatable food will help you and your family navigate safely through high flood water and escape to safety. Make sure that your inflatable can sufficiently hold all the members of the family. Even when the waters are not very high, it’s very dangerous to navigate through flood since murky water can be misleading and dangerous. Investing in a decent inflatable boat will ensure you can survive.

Intex Excursion 5, 5-Person Inflatable Boat Set

Clean Water and Food Supply

When you have infants and children, it is important to have a supply of clean water. Drinking water can quickly become contaminated and unsafe. Keep a sufficient supply of bottled water on hand or invest in a light and portable water purifier. A food supply kit will reduce panic, as well as ensure that you have enough to eat. 

After the Flood

When it’s safe to go back to your home or when the floodwater has receded, there is still much to be done to keep your children safe. 

  • Keep an eye on molds that grow in damp environments. You can disturb them, when cleaning after the flood and they can be easily transferred. Infants and children, as well as pregnant women, elderly, immune-compromised people, and people with respiratory conditions, can suffer from throat and nose irritation, asthma attacks, coughing, lower respiratory tract infections, or serious lung infections. 
  • Do not use generators inside your house to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Make sure that there are no exposed electrical wires. 
  • Thoroughly clean kitchenware and toys to remove chemicals, viruses, and bacteria. Throw away all the items that are beyond cleaning.

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