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How to Prepare for and Deal with FLOODING


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Floods occur in many ways; FEMA indicates that over 80% of all natural disasters are also accompanied by floods. Whether it be hurricanes, rain, surge, tide, even wildfires lead to floods. Are you prepared? Do you live in a flood zone? Do you know how to escape a vehicle in deep water? A video demonstrating this is included.

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How to Prepare for and Deal with FLOODING

  1. 1. Prepare for, Survive, and Live After a Flood THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  2. 2. A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. Think how big a gallon jug is? Consider hundreds of thousands of those jugs, each weighing over 8 pounds, moving. That’s power. Add in the equation on the following slide. Water Is Powerful
  3. 3. So do not do what the people in this image are doing! You will get swept away. Water Is Powerful
  4. 4. Six inches of moving water will take a person down. 2 feet of moving water can sweep a car away. Above is the result of a flash flood. In the desert. Water Is Powerful
  5. 5. Having commanded a Special Forces A-Team that was focused on Maritime Operations, I learned first-hand the power of water. Water Is Powerful
  6. 6. How Likely Is a Flood In Your Area? FEMA has a web site where you can check the flood map for your location. Remember, though, that if you are traveling, you don’t know the possibilities along roads and in different areas. FEMA Flood Map Service Center
  7. 7. There are three main types of floods: Coastal (surge) Flood River (fluvial) Flood Surface (pluvial) Flood) How Likely Is A Flood In Your Area?
  8. 8. Occurs on coast-lines of large bodies of water as the name implies. It is the result of extreme tides caused by severe weather. Storm surge pushes water onto shore. A storm surge timed with a high tide can be devastating. There are 3 levels: Minor: some beach erosion but no major damage. Moderate: more beach erosion and some damage to homes and businesses. Major: Serious threat to life and property. Large scale beach erosion. Roads will be flooded and structures damaged. Coastal Flood
  9. 9. Remember that a tidal surge can cause flooding.
  10. 10. This happens when excessive rainfall over a period of time overwhelms a river’s capacity to carry the water. It can also be caused by snow melt, ice jams, and debris jams. A dam failure can cause an abrupt and catastrophic form of river flood. And vice versa: a river flood can cause dam and levee failures downstream. There are two types of river floods: Overbank flooding is when the water continues to rise. Flash flooding occurs when there is an intense, high velocity rainfall. These often are doubly dangerous as debris can be carried by the flood water. Remember, it might not be raining where you are, but the river can flood from rain and run off upstream. River Flood
  11. 11. This happens separate from an existing body of water. Torrential rainfall overwhelms the area’s normal way of channeling water. There are two types: Intense rain saturates an urban drainage system and water back flows into streets and structures. Run off isn’t absorbed by the ground and the water level rises. (our house flooded at over a mile high in altitude, on top of a ridge in Boulder, Colorado, because the rocky ground couldn’t absorb a short, intense period of rain— the ground water simply rose up into it) Surface Flood
  12. 12. A Flood Watch means a flood is possible A Flood Warning means a flood is happening Flood Alerts
  13. 13. If you have time, move valuables to the highest level before evacuating. When evacuating, move to higher ground, away from water sources such as rivers or lakes. NEVER go around a barrier on a road during a flood. If evacuating by car avoid standing water. Drive slowly. If walking, never go through moving water. Remember earlier when I gave how much water weighed? Mass times velocity will knock you off your feet and sweep you into deeper water. What To Do
  14. 14. These Signs Are For Real
  15. 15. Never drive through a flooded road or bridge. Do not stay in a flooded car. If your car is swept away or submerged, stay calm and break the window to get out or go through the sun roof. Hold your breath, open the door, and swim for the surface. You will be in the current. Point your feet downstream. Go over obstacles, never under. Strive to angle toward dry ground but don’t fight directly against the current. If stuck above a flash flood, such as in a tree, stay there and wait for rescue. What To Do
  16. 16. A good tool to have within reach of your car is a combination seat belt cutter and glass breaker. click on image for link What To Do
  17. 17. Your Home If you are caught at home and can’t evacuate: Turn your freezer and refrigerator to their coldest settings. Pack any coolers with as much ice as possible and use this first before opening fridge once power goes out. Fill bathtubs with water. Make sure all vehicles are topped off. Know where the closest shelter for you and pets is. Unplug everything. Do not use tap water after a storm until certain it’s not contaminated.
  18. 18. It’s too late to prepare once the flood is on you. There will also be a huge run of panicked people buying many of these same items, so order it now so you have it ready. This sounds trite, but after every flood, most people list these following items as things they wished they’d had on hand. Not only for the flood itself, but as importantly, for living afterwards in the chaos. A checklist is at the end of these items. What To Have Ready BEFORE
  19. 19. Enough for at least three days. Minimum is one gallon per person, per day. Double that for warm climates. 8 average 500ml water bottles is just over one gallon. A case of water (24 bottles) is the minimum three days supply per person. I recommend two cases per person. WATER
  20. 20. Non-perishables for three days minimum. Food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Don’t have food that will make you thirsty. Plan for infants and special dietary requirements. Keep separate and out of normal food rotation. Note expiration dates. Click on image for a good supply from the company that made our Long Range Patrol meals in Special Forces. It’s what we have on hand and in our grab-n-go bags. Also good for camping. Click on image for link FOOD
  21. 21. I have a variety of ration bars (click on each for link): ER Bar Grizzly Bear Emergency Food Rations DaTrex 3600 Below are some before going into a ziplock bag and into my Jeep. FOOD
  22. 22. Keep a flashlight within reach of your bed. I recommend battery power for emergencies rather than rechargeable. Below is an inexpensive D-Battery light and a single AAA light I keep in a sheath with my Leatherman Click on image. Flashlight & Spare Batteries
  23. 23. Know what the emergency broadcast stations are. Below is a hand crank radio/flashlight combo I have on hand and in all my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Portable battery/hand crank radio.
  24. 24. There are plenty of prepared ones you can buy. Below is one I have in my house and in my grab-n-go bags. Click on image for link. Make sure you have medications to last a week. Extra glasses, contacts, etc. First Aid Kit
  25. 25. Power will be out. ATMs won’t work Store computer systems will have crashed. It will be a cash environment for a while. Until it’s a Zombie environment. I’d have you click on image, but instead, go to your ATM now. CASH
  26. 26. How to turn off the water coming into the house. How to turn off the power. Where the safe spots in the house are. Where the family IRP- immediate rally point— outside the house where all will gather is. Who the out of area emergency point of contact is for the family. Everyone in your household needs to know:
  27. 27. Apps Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. Emergency Alert System for Apple. Red Cross Hurricane App for Apple Red Cross Hurricane App for Android National Hurricane Center Web Site Apps are essential for warning, for summoning help and giving location, and for finding your family and friends. Also, remember that a text is more likely to get through than a voice call. Click on links below to get apps and check web site.
  28. 28. Print Book Free downloadable Powerpoint slideshows on survival, history writing, and interesting information is available HERE THE GREEN BERET PREPARATION AND SURVIVAL GUIDE
  29. 29. The guide on the left is a complete preparation and survival guide. The one on the right is a pocket-size manual focusing on survival essentials. SURVIVAL GUIDES
  30. 30. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 75 books published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets, Shadow Warriors, Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and dogs. Sort of.