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Prepare for, Survive, and Live after a Flood

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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?

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Prepare for, Survive, and Live after a Flood

  1. 1. Prepare for, Survive, and Live After a
  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. Having commanded a Special Forces A-Team that was focused on Maritime Operations, I learned first-hand the power of water. Water Is Powerful
  3. 3. Six inches of moving water will take a person down. 2 feet of moving water can sweep a car away. Water Is Powerful
  4. 4. There are three main types of floods: Coastal (surge) Flood River (fluvial) Flood Surface (pluvial) Flood) How Likely Is A Flood In Your Area?
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. A Flood Watch means a flood is possible A Flood Warning means a flood is happening Flood Alerts
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. These Signs Are For Real
  12. 12. 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 wait for the vehicle to fill. The doors will not open before then (although consider going through the sunroof). 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
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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.
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. I recommend adding some emergency quick-clot bandages to your first aid kit. I keep these in the kits and carry one on my bike. It’s been used and I can verify it works. First Aid Kit
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. I always have the one on the left on my belt along with the single battery flashlight. It gets used every day. I have the vice grips Leatherman on the right in my Jeep and it gets used a lot. The flashlight was linked earlier. A Leatherman w/ small light
  25. 25. What about your pet? Food, medications, water?
  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 ERP- emergency rally point— outside the house where all will gather is. Who the single emergency point of contact is for the entire family. Everyone in your household needs to know:
  27. 27. Remember that a tidal surge can cause flooding.
  28. 28. No matter how hard it gets, Never quit! A survivor must have: Above all a determination to survive. All else is secondary. Fear serves a purpose, but too much fear can paralyze. This slideshow is an example of what’s in the companion books on the next page. A common sense approach to preparing for, and surviving emergencies and disasters.
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. Print Book
  31. 31. The book on the left is how you prepare NOW. The book on the right, is your guide to surviving an emergency or catastrophe given you’ve prepared. The handbook in the center is a discounted, distilled version of both books with the most important basics - click on cover for any. Print Book
  32. 32. I highly recommend getting at least one print copy of the survival manual. During an emergency you can’t count on an eBook. It’s pocket-sized— shown next to my trusty, old Ranger Handbook. I keep one in the glove compartment of each car, in every Grab-n-Go bag and also give them as gifts— the gift of life. Click on image for print version Print Book
  33. 33. New York Times bestselling author, graduate of West Point, former Green Beret, and feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. He’s had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Area 51, Atlantis, and the Green Berets. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world he now lives peacefully with his wife and labs. Sort of. Free book below available HERE www.bobmayer.com

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