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Floods

Camp Funston, at Fort Riley, Kansas, during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.
As little as 2 feet of water can wash away a car.

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. It's also growing more common as developments push communities into risky locations. Flooding can happen from too much rain, storm surges, a dam collapse or levees giving way. The most important thing is learning about and protecting yourself from the risks where you live.

Floods 101 | National Geographic

Hot to Survive a Flood

Do not walk, drive or swim through floods.
Be aware of hidden dips in a road.
Floods often contain sewage - avoid food that may have been contaminated by floodwater.
Avoid wet electrical equipment.
Ventilate your property as much as possible, while maintaining security.
If evacuation is necessary follow police advice.
Avoid walking or driving through flood water. Six inches of fast moving water can knock over an adult. Two feet of water can move a car. Do not risk it.

Protection

There are a few simple things you can do to protect your home or business from a flood. Seal the outside of your building with waterproof roofing paint and install door dams to keep water out. Floods usually only last a day or two, so your job is to build something strong enough to survive until the water retreats.

These are a couple of the products we've found that do a really good job.

Dam Easy: https://dameasyfloodbarriers.com/

PS Flood Barriers: https://www.psfloodbarriers.com/


Preparation - Survival

Click Here to find out the flood risk in your area - FEMA Flood Map Service Center

Click Here for the FEMA Flood Information Sheet

Click Here for the Red Cross Flood Safety Information

Click Here for National Weather Service Flood Safety Tips and Resources

Click Here for the Disaster Safety information on Floods from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

Click Here for information on what to do from the United States government website, Ready.gov.

Click Here to download a PDF file with information on what to do from the United States government website, Ready.gov.

PDF Information from Ready.gov

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This information is presented to make people aware of the larger world around them. If you can prepare for something as devastating as this, you're much more likely to be ready for smaller disruptions. Be aware and prepare.

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