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Living where flooding happens Carol Dunn For Depiction
 
Danger and your subconscious <ul><li>It is hard to think clearly about risks. </li></ul>
Our opinion on risk is decided for us New York Times:  “ certain emotional reactions occur before the brain has even had t...
<ul><li>The subconscious communicates by triggering the release of chemicals </li></ul><ul><li>Our conscious brain interpr...
Sub-conscious at work <ul><li>Do not act </li></ul><ul><li>DO SOMETHING!!! </li></ul><ul><li>“ It won’t happen” </li></ul>...
Attitude is Everything <ul><li>Longer Recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Faster Recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Refuses to focus </li><...
Who needs to think about flooding?
How much water? <ul><li>It is important to determine your specific risk from flooding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search:  </li>...
Increase your options by knowing as much as you can in advance Example: City of Fargo http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/...
Action now can reduce harm: <ul><li>Keep from being surprised </li></ul><ul><li>Create ways to know status of most importa...
Stay ahead of the weather <ul><li>Weather Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Check if your area has an emergency calling system. </li...
Constant communication <ul><li>Create multiple ways to stay in touch. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Out of Area Contacts-strategic...
<ul><li>Plan what everyone will do if a storm is immenent. </li></ul>
<ul><li>If a person or animal can not independently get out of the way of flood waters-move them out of the area where flo...
Finding Solutions <ul><li>Sources of help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Company EAP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Services:...
Evacuation Plan <ul><li>Think through each step in what will happen. What have you missed? </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with hou...
Protecting your stuff <ul><li>Create an inventory of your possessions: List or video </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize the item...
Short term solutions <ul><li>Creating barriers in situations where water is expected to be over 4 feet can increase the le...
Sewage backflow or back up <ul><li>Short Term: Block the drains. </li></ul>There are related risks, talk to a plumber.
Longer Term Solution  requires the use of a licensed contractor and permits—no short cuts!
Protecting Your Finances <ul><li>Keep all receipts for flood and flood clean up preparation  </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure you...
Have supplies for isolation and shortages <ul><li>All supplies must be stored away from expected flooding. </li></ul><ul><...
Useful Supplies: Work together <ul><ul><li>Can you reduce the blow to your budget by searching to borrow, rent or collabor...
Be ready to dry out and clean up <ul><li>Stay Safe!  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never drive through flood waters </li></ul></ul...
Making it through the emotional marathon
In a normal day <ul><li>In periods of high stress, we have more stress chemicals released into our system than we can neut...
Easy to make life changing errors <ul><li>Fight or Flight “Act” </li></ul><ul><li>Looping thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Short...
DIY stress neutralizing <ul><li>Counter negative emotions with positive ones, from any source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk t...
Questions? <ul><li>[email_address]   </li></ul><ul><li>@caroldn  </li></ul><ul><li>Do searches to find local flooding reso...
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Flood Safety Webinar for Depiction

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Learning that you live where flooding happens is never any fun. This presentation explores ways to identify what level of flood risk you face, and to prioritize and reduce specific risks before the flooding takes place.

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Flood Safety Webinar for Depiction

  1. 1. Living where flooding happens Carol Dunn For Depiction
  2. 3. Danger and your subconscious <ul><li>It is hard to think clearly about risks. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Our opinion on risk is decided for us New York Times: “ certain emotional reactions occur before the brain has even had time to fully register what it is that is causing the reaction; the emotion occurs before thought. “
  4. 5. <ul><li>The subconscious communicates by triggering the release of chemicals </li></ul><ul><li>Our conscious brain interprets as emotions, gut feelings. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Sub-conscious at work <ul><li>Do not act </li></ul><ul><li>DO SOMETHING!!! </li></ul><ul><li>“ It won’t happen” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What will be will be” </li></ul><ul><li>Procrastination </li></ul><ul><li>Shutting down when start thinking about it. </li></ul><ul><li>Hyper vigilance </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep problems </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced patience </li></ul><ul><li>Increased heart rate </li></ul><ul><li>Icy feeling in hands </li></ul>
  6. 7. Attitude is Everything <ul><li>Longer Recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Faster Recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Refuses to focus </li></ul><ul><li>Worries about imposing </li></ul><ul><li>Considers fight against the river </li></ul><ul><li>Not prepared to accept that some things will get wet, some things will change. </li></ul><ul><li>Takes it personally </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize that it is possible to influence but not outright control situation. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborates to find solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Expects hard times and hard emotions </li></ul>
  7. 8. Who needs to think about flooding?
  8. 9. How much water? <ul><li>It is important to determine your specific risk from flooding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(your city/county/state) + flood maps </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(your city/county/state) + parcel viewer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Terrain maps, Maps with 3D views </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Mapping Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manipulate data to make it relevant </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Increase your options by knowing as much as you can in advance Example: City of Fargo http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/Engineering/FloodInfoCenter/ http://tinyurl.com/FloodinFargo
  10. 11. Action now can reduce harm: <ul><li>Keep from being surprised </li></ul><ul><li>Create ways to know status of most important people, animals & things </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize Actions to reduce harm </li></ul><ul><li>Help speed up your recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid long term problems </li></ul>
  11. 12. Stay ahead of the weather <ul><li>Weather Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Check if your area has an emergency calling system. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Code red, Reverse 911 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online tools to keep track of the rivers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.weather.gov/water </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Constant communication <ul><li>Create multiple ways to stay in touch. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Out of Area Contacts-strategic message relaying </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text messaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two way radios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter/Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting contact details of neighbors/co-workers </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Plan what everyone will do if a storm is immenent. </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>If a person or animal can not independently get out of the way of flood waters-move them out of the area where flooding is possible. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding solutions can take work and courage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorm: there may be more options than it seems at first. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Finding Solutions <ul><li>Sources of help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Company EAP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Services: 2-1-1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighbors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your W.O.W, etc. club </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Evacuation Plan <ul><li>Think through each step in what will happen. What have you missed? </li></ul><ul><li>Talk with household members, caregivers, neighbors—discuss where to meet if separated and can’t reach each other. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How long to wait? Where to leave a message. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There’s a website helps find locations that are between two spots: http://www.mezzoman.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Protecting your stuff <ul><li>Create an inventory of your possessions: List or video </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize the items </li></ul><ul><li>If at risk of high level flooding, move as many of the items as you can out of the area. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some items handle water better-focus on what you have that doesn’t. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Short term solutions <ul><li>Creating barriers in situations where water is expected to be over 4 feet can increase the level of damage to the structure. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentrate on removing high value items </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flood proof if less than 3 feet of water expected: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sand bags, concrete blocks, plastic sheeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(inside house: around drain, furnace) </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Sewage backflow or back up <ul><li>Short Term: Block the drains. </li></ul>There are related risks, talk to a plumber.
  20. 21. Longer Term Solution requires the use of a licensed contractor and permits—no short cuts!
  21. 22. Protecting Your Finances <ul><li>Keep all receipts for flood and flood clean up preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure you have the right insurance coverage. </li></ul><ul><li>Protect Vital Documents http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Family_Issues/Vital_Docs.shtml </li></ul>
  22. 23. Have supplies for isolation and shortages <ul><li>All supplies must be stored away from expected flooding. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medicine/electrical equipment with power back up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non perishable food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safe lighting, heat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfort items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have clean up supplies </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Useful Supplies: Work together <ul><ul><li>Can you reduce the blow to your budget by searching to borrow, rent or collaboratively purchase pumps, fans etc. </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. Be ready to dry out and clean up <ul><li>Stay Safe! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never drive through flood waters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electrocution, gas leaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flood waters, mold and mildew </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. Making it through the emotional marathon
  26. 27. In a normal day <ul><li>In periods of high stress, we have more stress chemicals released into our system than we can neutralize to find balance. </li></ul>
  27. 28. Easy to make life changing errors <ul><li>Fight or Flight “Act” </li></ul><ul><li>Looping thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Short Temper </li></ul><ul><li>Urge to leave: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marriage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consciousness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Thrill seeking behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Tend or Befriend </li></ul><ul><li>Need to talk and talk </li></ul>
  28. 29. DIY stress neutralizing <ul><li>Counter negative emotions with positive ones, from any source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to a trained counselor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write about feelings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laugh, even if fake. </li></ul></ul>
  29. 30. Questions? <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@caroldn </li></ul><ul><li>Do searches to find local flooding resources </li></ul><ul><li>Useful links: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Red Cross/FEMA Repairing your Flooded Home http://tinyurl.com/Repairfloodedhome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flood workbook: http://2resilience.org/Floodingworkbook.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flood Proofing: http://tinyurl.com/LSUAgCenterflood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So you live behind a levee http://content.asce.org/ASCELeveeGuide.html </li></ul></ul>

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