Alert Rescuers If You Find Yourself Trapped In Your Home In A Flash Flood
Imagine this scenario. You are inside your home while torrential rains and winds are happening non-stop. Moments before, you heard on the radio how authorities issue a flash flood warning near your area. There is some knee-deep water in front of your home, and it’s slowly getting deeper. Assuming you failed to evacuate on time, no more time to move, and with fear slowly getting to you, the power shuts down. What do you do?
Fear will paralyze you and will muddle your judgment. Don’t go into the water. The current can easily sweep you away. Instead, move up your house’s second floor, bringing along food, clean water, and your valuables stashed in a single easy-to-carry, waterproof bag. If you are inside a single-story home, get to the roof for safety. Keep warm.
White Blanket, Towel, or Shirt to get Air and Boat Rescuers to Notice You
In the 2017 Houston, Texas flooding rescuers were informing those who need rescue from homes to place white flag, shirt, or blanket on roof.
Look for a cardboard where you can write “HELP” or “SOS” in big bold letters. Don’t forget to take those down if you can, once someone comes to rescue you so that emergency services won’t have to look twice in an empty home. Bring out flares or flash lights at night if you hear a rescue chopper close.
Expect to be put on hold, but don’t hang up. Your call will be in queue, and someone will answer as soon as possible. Before your batteries run out, post on social media, take photos of your location and send for help.
Download Free Apps to Help Locate You
Some free iOS and Android apps can be extremely useful during natural calamities. Tag your location if you are in distress, so anyone near you can send for help.
Don’t go to the Attic
If you are alone, don’t remain in the attic where authorities will find it hard to spot you. Get to the roof. If there are many of you stranded in one location, take turns watching out for rescuers and make sure to have at least one of you on the roof to alert them for help.
Conserve Your Energy
Exhaustion and hypothermia, apart from drowning, are severe threats in times like these. Keep yourself warm by donning plastic over your clothes to keep from getting wet or wearing waterproof windbreakers. Take turns resting and make sure to each have a supply of food with you anywhere you go.
Ensure that each is self-contained, so that even if it comes to a point where you’ll accidentally separate from one another, then nobody will go thirsty or hungry.
In times of emergencies, everyone must heed the authorities’ call for an evacuation. Even if it looks like there’s a good weather coming, don’t ignore the warnings. If you live near rivers and dams, make sure to prepare for major weather disturbances by stockpiling clean water, food, batteries, chargers, essential medicines, etc. Also, it is always an excellent idea to invest in rafts or boats if flooding is an occasional affair in your place.