In recent days American and foreign media have widely reported the devastating scenes from the flooded areas of Pakistan. Although South Asia is more prone to these types of disasters, parts of the United States have also occasionally suffered from floods.
In fact, water damage and loss of life are a real possibility in those parts of the country that are at risk of hurricanes, which includes the Southeast region of the U.S. As a result, residents of these areas may be interested in tips that can increase their chances of survival.
Safety experts, such as Robert P. French, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, stress the importance of advance preparation. This includes memorizing more than one evacuation route and regular reviews of the family’s emergency evacuation and reunification plan.
Moreover, each household should have an emergency preparedness kit kept within easy reach. It is also important to stack up on non-perishable food items in case help is slow to come. These include ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables as well as water in plastic containers.
When a flood warning is issued, all residents should immediately head to higher ground.
Finally, financial security is as important as physical survival, and French recommends locating and protecting important documents as well as checking insurance policies to ensure appropriate coverage. He stresses that it typically takes 30 days for newly purchased policies to become effective.