Floods are common during typhoons where overflowing of water from different sources occurs. This phenomenon could be brought about by the melting of snow after the winter season, tsunami formed after a high intensity earthquake, and when water leaks from damaged dams. Flooding can occur for a duration of few days up to several weeks. Flood is the most common water-related disaster. Flash flood, on the other hand is the most threatening kind of flood for its implausible speed and irregularity. This can happen anytime with no warning when bodies of water overflow causing the water to rise rapidly. How do we prepare for such life-threatening incident?
- Familiarize with your surrounding.
First and foremost, you have to fully know your surrounding. In case a calamity such as flash flood happens, you know where to go to stay safe. You need to know a high ground that is far from waterways. The first thing you need to do is to steer clear from waterways in case of flash floods.
- Never ever risk crossing floodwater.
It may seem tranquil, but it’s safe to assume that it is bigger and more deadly that what it is. Remember flash floods have incredible speed and there is nothing you can do to stay away from it once it has taken full control of you.
- If you need to go somewhere, use a stick to check the depth of the water.
Use a stick to check the depth of the water before you take another step to your destination. You must be aware that you can’t swim in a flash flood and fight the current.
- Stay where you are.
One of the best things you can do during a flash flood is to stay where you are. You need to stay put if you want to survive. If you are inside the building, stay there because that is the best place you can be at the moment. Move to the higher floor and stay updated by listening to the news. Never leave the building and wait for someone to rescue you.
- Never stay inside your vehicle.
If you are stuck in your car during a flood, get out of it immediately. If you stay there, you will have a very low chance of survival. The sooner you get out, the safer you will be. If you wait a little longer, it will be impossible for you to open the door because of the pressure differential between the inner and outer part of your car.
- Be careful and observe your surrounding.
If you are outside home during a flash flood, observe your surrounding for floating objects and obstacles that can knock you unconscious. Position your other foot forward so you can support your weight and angling yourself so your feet and legs can withstand the impact of the current and other floating debris. Find a higher ground or a tall building where you can stay while waiting for rescue.