Just as the severe flood damage is being restored in West Virginia, catastrophic flooding arrived in China, Pakistan, and India. Many areas received over 10 inches of rain in a very short period of time. This rain caused widespread flashfloods and water levels to rise several feet for hundreds of square miles. This flooding caused billions of dollars in economic losses, hundreds of people dead or lost, and millions without safe water to drink and food to eat. It wiped out houses, roads, and power for millions of people. According to the Weather Channel, in China alone, “nearly 600,000 people are in urgent need of basic living assistance.” This means that 600,000 people lack food, water, and adequate shelter. If this wasn’t bad enough, in addition to economic losses, crops in many areas were completed destroyed, not only effecting people in the short term but now also in the long term. Since flashfloods like these and such widespread flooding are unavoidable when they form this quickly, here are a couple of preparedness tips to keep in mind:
- Keep fresh water ready- Make sure you have at least 15 gallons of fresh water ready, so that you could last a couple days if needed. If you don’t have any water ready, fill sinks and bathtubs if you have time. Although not a wanted approach, the water in the sinks and bathtubs will be clean and safe to drink. Should you need to evacuate, try to take a gallon per person if possible.
- Keep food ready- Keep some food that doesn’t require cooking ready. Crackers, granola bars, emergency food bars, and similar foods are good to keep ready. If the power is off, you might not be able to cook anything, so food that’s ready to eat is a good idea. MREs are perfect for this reason.
- Flooding for your area- If you area is at risk for severe flooding buy the necessary precautions. Buy a few life jackets, glow sticks, and medical supplies. Many people never think that this could happen to them, but flooding can occur anywhere. The hundred dollars that needed for these items are worth it when it comes to saving lives.
- Listen to the radio- Listening to the radio is essential to get warned if possible. Even 10 minutes of warning for a flash flood could mean the difference between life and death.
Although some flooding is unavoidable, its best to be prepared as much as possible. Click the links below to see a previous article on floods that we wrote and some current ones on the floods going on right now: