How to Survive a Flood at Home

Learn the things that you can do to survive flooding at home.

A storm  typically ushers in flooding in affected areas. It is important to know what to  do if you find yourself in the middle of a scary situation like driving through  a flash flood or getting trapped in a home with rising flood waters. Here are  some ways to help you survive a flood at home:

  • If  you find yourself stranded inside your home during a flood, don’t panic.  Assuming you have prepared for a hurricane and stockpiled on non-perishable  food, clean water, and the necessary supplies, then all you need to do is get to  higher ground and sit it out until the water subsides.
  • Preserve a whistle  and a working flashlight with you to alert rescuers.
  • If you live in a  high-risk area such as near a river, levee, or a dam, then owning an inflatable  boat is an excellent idea. Prepare it for use in case flood water rises to  dangerous levels.
  • Most areas that encounter occasional flooding have  established emergency evacuation plans and systems. Always follow it for safety.  Don’t ignore warnings that call for an automatic mass evacuation. The earlier  you leave the area, the better.
  • Stay on the 2nd floor of your home. You may  also ask your neighbors to accommodate you in case flood waters rise.

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