Many people ask what they should prepare for in terms of a natural disaster. The biggest threat to almost everyone everywhere is flooding. It can affect anyone at anytime. It doesn’t even matter where you live. The potential for a major disaster in the form of a flood or flooding is always there. Floods are serious natural disasters and can be fatal if you aren’t prepared.
1.) Approximately 90 % of all damages which are related to natural disasters are the direct or indirect result of floods.
2.) Almost 75 % of all Presidential declarations of disaster areas are directly due to flooding.
3.) More people are killed in the United States by flooding than by any other natural disaster.
4.) More than 80 % of deaths during a flood take place in a vehicle.
5.) A fully grown adult can be knocked down by only 6 inches of rushing flood waters.
6.) A large vehicle can be floated away by as little as two feet of water in a flood.
7.) A full third of all roads and bridges become so damaged by floodwaters that less than half of the people trying to cross them in a vehicle actually get to their destination.
8.) Floods can be caused by torrential rains or extreme snow melt in almost any part of the U.S.A.
9.) Floods can be caused by hurricanes in the coastal regions of the U.S.A.
10.) Never try to treat flood waters for drinking purposes. They almost always contain toxic chemicals which are usually deadly.
Get more flood facts and information at:
Floods and Society
The National Weather Service prepares flood forecasts for all areas of the United States which are then made available to the public.
Check your state’s local weather hazards here:
I would advise everyone to have an emergency radio capable of receiving NOAA weather alerts to keep up to date on the possibility of flooding in your area.
Staying above the water line!
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