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Emergency Survival Preparation: Flood – Part 4 – Other Important Items

Emergency Survival Preparation: Flood – Part 4 – Other Important Items


While water contamination and power outages
are two very common results of floods, there will be other problems caused by flooding
that you’ll have to deal with. As with any disaster, you’ll still need shelter, warmth
and light. And you may need to signal for help, apply first aid to injuries, treat medical
conditions, and eat. You’ll also want to be able to provide security – either in your
home or at the location you’ve evacuated to. Another important, yet seldom mentioned aspect
of a natural disaster is the ability to keep everyone in good spirits during such a stressful
and potentially dangerous experience. Because a flood is just one of many emergencies
you may encounter, it’s best to compile a kit full of standard-survival items — like
emergency blankets, a tent, flashlight or lantern, whistle, knives, saws, even a hatchet,
a few days worth of freeze-dried or long-term storage food, as well as a few small books
or games. Adventure Medical Kits offers several great examples of survival and first-aid kits
that have prepackaged several of these supplies together, along with other items that can
take care of some of the needs that we talked about in the previous videos. You can get
these kits or use them as a jumping off point to give you ideas for assembling your own.
Thumb drives have also made it convenient to keep computer scans of your ID, passport,
birth certificates, insurance papers, treasured family photos, bank account information – any
sort of document or paper you might need, but won’t have time to gather up before you
leave. You’ll want to organize everything we’ve talked
about in a convenient backpack, travel bag, or other easily-carried container, which are
often referred to as “go bags” or “bug out bags.”
Keep the bag in a secure, but easy-to-reach place in your house like a closet or a shelf
in your garage. That way, if you need to get out in a hurry, you can just grab the pre-staged
survival gear and go. And since a flood will probably involve heavy rain, it might be a
good idea to include some sort of waterproof storage in your bug out bag, or maybe even
as your bug out bag. Something like Snugpak’s Dri-Saks will come in several sizes and would
be great for keeping your important supplies, gear and documents dry when everything else
is soaking wet. Just a little bit of prior planning and thought
can go a long way to help keeping yourself, and those who depend on you alive, safe and
happy until the flood waters recede, and things get back to normal.

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