When Mother Nature wants to wipe the slate clean, she uses water. Lots of it. To effectively prepare for a flood, you'll need to know your surroundings.
- Where does water pool up when it rains?
- Where are the streams and rivers located?
- How solid is your foundation?
- What is the most it has ever rained?
- What kind of damage have previous flash floods caused?
- Where are your medical and emergency evacuation centers?
- Are you close enough for tsunami damage?
Preparing for a flood in the midwest will be different than if you live near a coastal city. Once you answer these questions you can build a flood prep plan that suits you and your family.
How To Prepare for a Flood
Even if you live in a dry climate like Arizona, make sure you've got a pair of rubber boots or irrigation boots. Waterproofing regular hiking boots will not be as effective as rubber boots.
Vacuum Sealed Bags
Your documents cash, matches, and spare candles are good suggestions for items to use a vacuum sealer on. You can also use vac seal bags to make your own MREs. Quick, high-calorie snacks are a good idea to have because you don't know when you'll be able to cook a meal again.
If your SHTF flashlight is a plastic lantern you bought at the 99 cent store, you might be in trouble. A durable flashlight will be one of the most important pieces of survival gear in this build. A good light should handle rain, and the ability to work while completely submerged. Watch us drop this Tactical Flashlight in a bucket of water.
Rope or Paracord
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There are over a hundred tools, tricks, and weapons you make with paracord. One of the biggest reasons to have rope, but is almost never mentioned in paracord articles, is the ability to create an anchor line. If the water is more than knee high, you can tie off to something sturdy, reducing the risk of being swept away.
If you live in a coastal city and are in danger of being hit by a tsunami, having a life jacket ready for every member in your house is important. Sure you might get swept away and beat up a bit, but you'll float - and that's all that matters.
A raft or something to float on could be the difference between being stuck on the roof of your house like a Katrina survivor, or being able to get clear. After an area has flooded, it's going to be ripe with bodies of those who didn't fare so well. Staying in one of these areas is a good way to expose your family to diseases. In a hurricane Katrina type of flood, your raft would be your bug out vehicle.
Cellphones, laptops, and other communication devices do not enjoy water. You could vacuum seal them, but putting them in a dry bag will ensure they float. If you make it to your raft and you realize your phone is dry, but vac sealed under 6 feet of water it doesn't do you any good.
Understand your location, come up with ways to keep your gear and food dry, develop a bug out plan.