Floods have ravaged Australia over the past month, causing at least 20 deaths and billions of dollars worth of damage.
Heavy rains this past weekend forced government officials in the State of Queensland to urge more than 2 million residents to evacuate the city of Brisbane. According to media reports, Anna Bligh, Queensland's premier, said that five children were killed over the weekend.
Bligh called the disaster the state's "darkest hour." The devastation in Australia has prompted many Americans to evaluate their self-survival options in the event of mass flooding. During the last decade, there have been several reminders of the wreckage that can be caused by floods. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina left most of New Orleans under water and killed more than 1,000 residents.
According to One-Stop-Survival-Guide.com, people who are expecting a flood in their neighborhood should tune in to local radio or television stations for emergency advisories and instructions. In addition, residents should stock up on food, water and other essential supplies in the event of a natural disaster.
Once the flooding takes place, there are important survival tips to keep in mind. The website states that people should stay clear of water that is in contact with downed power lines, and if water has entered a garage or basement, it should be avoided because it may carry hazardous materials such as parasites, asbestos or human and animal waste.