Don’t Get Carried Away: Saving Yourself During a Flood

Flooded street with a ROAD CLOSED sign

Flash floods can happen anytime — and most of the time, it happens when you least expect it. During this unforeseen disaster, it pays that you know how to save yourself. That’s the only way you can save others, too.

The first thing you need to remember is to not panic. Panic changes the state of mind, and it clouds your judgment that devising a way to survive will become impossible. You need to calm down and be sharp and observant as much as possible. Look around for things that will help you survive. For example, that search and rescue amphibious UTV you bought or rented the other day. Here are other ways to survive:

Stay on high ground

If you're staying on a high ground or in a tall building, don’t leave your place. It’s much safer to wait for rescue instead of finding it (unless otherwise, it’s necessary). Observe how fast the water gets higher, as it will help you decide when and where to move. If communication systems are working, notify people and ask for help.

Don’t attempt to cross the water

It will be unwise to do this action. Even if you know how to swim, you run the risk of facing strong currents. Risks of dangers include being hit by flood debris or involved in a high-speed collision with a stationary object. If you’re in a car, don’t attempt to cross a seemingly shallow puddle. Move back or abandon it, once it starts to sink.

Listen to the authority

When it’s already safe and you’re allowed to go home, you must first listen to the guidance and advice of the authority. Find out if the supply of potable water is already safe for drinking. Don’t attempt to turn on or fix the electrical system unless the provider and the authority say so.

These are only some of the guidelines to keep in mind for you to survive a flash flood. If you want to know these things much further, you can always attend survival seminars and conferences.