Even if you live in a historically dry area in the US, this doesn't mean you don't need to prepare for a flood. In fact, arid or dry areas are especially at risk for floods because the ground system and soil structure of such areas are not well-adapted for freak storms or heavy rains. When such rains happen, these normally dry areas flood very quickly because its ground isn't adapted to optimal water absorption.
Regardless of where you live in the US, from the bayous of Louisiana to even Northern regions like Maine or Washington, you have to be ready for flash floods and the ravages flooding brings. If you let your guard down, you and your family might be in for some seriously bad times when the unexpected happens.
One of the key things behind being a prepper is to always be prepared and never assume anything. When you assume that only certain types of calamities will happen in your area, you are basically setting yourself up for being extra vulnerable when freak weather patterns happen. Always be prepared. Here are just some of the most obvious ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones from Mother Nature's watery fury.
Store food and other supplies in air-tight water-proof plastic
First things first, you need to secure your emergency food supply from the high water flooding will bring. At the very least, make sure all your food and water supplies stored in air-tight waterproof plastic. Make sure water doesn't get into your food stores or your food stores will spoil and won't do you much good if and when the floods come. I recommend you to get the sold out after crisis review guide, which will explains more on this subject
Always have life vests ready
Even if you live in an area where there isn't much flooding, it is always a good idea to have life vests ready not just for you and your loved ones but have some extra vests around just in case neighbors need help.
Life vests are crucial because it is very easy to drown during floods if you don't have the proper flotation device holding you up. Too many people drown in floods due to this very simple omission. Life vests don't cost much money and many are quite portable. They don't take that much space to store.
Be aware of the things you can use as flotation devices
In case you have to evacuate your family, make sure you have enough containers you can use as flotation devices. You never know if you will have ready access to life vests or specifically-designed flotation devices. One of the most crucial aspects of being a well-prepared 'prepper' is to think of alternative devices and food stores just in case your original preparations prove unavailable or prove its not up to the job. Make sure you know what items you can use as flotation devices so you have alternatives available.
Have a small inflatable lifeboat ready
A lifeboat can take many shapes and forms. Obviously, you should try to get a full sized lifeboat that can be inflated quickly with a solar powered pump or battery powered pump. This might cost you quite a bit of money so you might want to try to improvise with smaller types of 'lifeboats' like pool rafts or other similar flotation devices. Keep in mind that as long as the floating platform is big enough to accommodate many people and is designed so people can't easily fall off, it's fair game as a flotation device.
Make no mistake about it, preparing for a flood, whether a monster seasonal flood or a freak flash flood, should be on your agenda as a prepper. Freak natural catastrophes happen all the time and during this age of global climate change, freak weather patterns are fast becoming the norm instead of the exception.