When we begin prepping it is a common tendency to overemphasize preparations for the truly apocalyptic scenarios while underestimating the equally if not greater risks posed by the more mundane catastrophes like floods and fires.
Floods and fires are statistically the most impending threat to Americans, yet if one thing can be learned it is that most of the serious damage can avoided with a little prevention and preparation — which can save on a lot of remedy.
When during the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a total of 50 levees collapsed and sent the flood waters sweeping over the city and causing extensive damage across the city of New Orleans. In addition to the over $200 billion of economic and property damage, 1800 people lost their lives.
Flooding occurs in every region of the US and is considered the single greatest disaster Americans face. My name is Justin Taylor and I am guest writing this article about the dangers of water flooding and fire. I have several decades of experience in fire and flood damage cleanup in Atlanta, Ga.
Preparing for a Flood:
Keep a close eye on the Weather — If the weather feels testy, take extra precautions to keep informed of weather conditions as they develop. If you live in an area that is prone to frequent flooding, make necessary preparations and come up with contingency plans for evacuation.
Careful When Driving!— Take extra precautions when driving, the average vehicle can be swept away in as little as 12 inches of water so if you are driving in a flood zone be extra careful. If your car stalls in the water and won’t move on, get out and get to high ground, the car is not a water transport and can quickly become a death trap in deep water.
Danger Zones — Those living in danger zones must be aware of the extra precautions they must take.
Emergency Rafts —I bet it never even occurred to the poor displaced citizens stranded on their New Orleans rooftops that a emergency raft would be a worthy investment. Amazon.com has some pretty fine options for about $200— not a bad investment if you live in a flood zone.
Reliable Water Filters – An article about this will follow.
Crowbars and Tools— many of the people who ended up on their roofs had to cut their way through their roofing materials, would you have some tools on hand that could provide you such a speedy escape when in a jam? You should
The Threat of Fire
According to statistics by the CDC, most of the fatal home injuries that occur each year are from fire and smoke. Out of the 377,000 home fires that took place in 2009, 13,050 people were seriously or mildly injured and over 2,565 people were killed not including fire fighters.
Fire Prevention and Safety:
Install Smoke Detectors—Smoke is a silent killer and 4 out of five deaths by house fire occur in homes without smoke alarms. This is a very minor investment that can have long reaching benefits.
Don’t be a Statistic — Most of the fires and the injuries and deaths that ensue could have been avoided by simple precaution. Statistics show that 15,000 fires each year are caused by smoking and over 40% are alcohol related.
Fire Extinguisher — Starting fires can be a useful skill in some situations; more often than not the ability to put out a fire is what can save a life. Find out which type of extinguisher you need to best protect the kitchen, garage and car.
Keep it Clean — House Fires can be caused by blocked chimneys and poorly maintained dryers. Be sure that all the fire hazards in your home are checked regularly and exhaust cleared out and ventilation shafts clear of debris.