Surviving a Flood 101

Flooding can happen almost anywhere people live. In this age of climate disfunction, just about any kind of weather can happen anywhere. Hurricane and blizzard at the same time? Sure. So be prepared for anything,

Number 1: Always keep an eye on the weather forecast. You can’t be prepared if you don’t know what’s coming. If a storm is coming your way, check the forecast often. Forecasts can change a lot, and quickly. Have you seen the track of Hurricane Eta and the changing forecasts?

Number 2: Keep your most important possessions, heirlooms, photos, valuables on upper shelves. Also, everyone needs a togo bag, with most important papers and small objects, ready to go on a moment’s notice. We have one, with things like our house deed, birth certificates, car titles, insurance papers, marriage license, etc. Also a good idea to put your insurance information in your phone, if you can.

Number 3: Be safe. Avoid standing water. If there’s a downed electrical wire in it anywhere, you could be electrocuted.

Who an I to say this, you ask. I’ve had my house flooded by a storm surge. In Homosassa on Florida’s west coast. We were six miles inland so we thought we were safe. Except that we were a block and a half from a canal off the river. Of course, the surge rushed up the river, into the canals and on the land around them.

We had our important papers in a fireproof box, but lost a lot of other things. Eighteen inches in the house. What a mess. The water put out our gas heater, and it was in March and cold. We had to move out for months while our house was renovated. You have to have been through it to really understand it, and believe me, you don’t want to be there.

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