What should you do when trapped by flooding?
Depending on where you live, you might find yourself at the mercy of the weather. From snowfall, to heavy rainfall and flooding.
Different weather conditions can leave you isolated or trapped for varying lengths of time.
The steps you need to take to prepare for one weather condition might vary from one to another. So, what should you do to be prepared for being potentially trapped by flooding?
The first step you need to take is to understand the likelihood of actually having to deal with flooding.
Do you live near a river, on a flood plain or in an area with a history of flooding? If so, it’s worth taking steps to be prepared. Meanwhile, if you live miles from the nearest body of water or on top of a hill, for instance, the risk is much lower.
It’s important to keep an eye on local news and weather reports to stay aware of any potential flooding risks. This level of vigilance can be massively important in giving you time to either evacuate or prepare your home for flooding.
Protecting your home and family
During the times of year when flooding is likely or guaranteed, there are steps you should take to protect your home and family. These include:
- Using toilet bungs and plugs in baths and sinks to help avoid sewage and water flowing into your property
- Switch off gas and electricity supplies
- Disconnect appliances and unplug electrical items
- Moving any important items upstairs to protect them from floodwater and damage
- Using sandbags to stop water getting under doors
You should, especially if directed to, evacuate the area if it is safe to do so. The points listed to protect your home should still be carried out to reduce the amount of damage caused while you’re away from your home.
In case you can’t evacuate, you should make sure you have supplies and equipment stored to help you survive in relative comfort until help arrives.
These supplies include a number of important items:
- Bottled water for drinking and cooking
- Blankets for warmth if central heating isn’t available
- First aid in case of emergencies
- Food – this should be a range of food that is stored in a way that can resist moisture, such as sealed, freeze-dried meals or canned foods
- Camping or portable toilet – you might not have access to working sanitation, taking steps to include solutions such as a camping toilet and the equipment needed to ensure its use is hygienic is massively important for general comfort
- Windup radio – important for getting information and updates from authorities in an emergency
These supplies are important to ensuring you can get by while you wait for rescue to arrive. In rural areas this might take longer than more urban environments, so it is important to ensure that your supplies will last for a number of days in order to err on the side of caution.
Supplies should be stored somewhere dry and out of the reach of flood water. For example, in the attic or spare upstairs bedroom of a house. This helps to keep supplies dry, out of the way and means you don’t need to worry about getting them out of the way of rising water, allowing you to focus on other items and protecting the rest of your home.
How can we help you to prepare for any situation?
Knowing what to do to protect your home and where to store your supplies in preparation for flooding can help you to be prepared should you find yourself trapped and awaiting rescue.
A key part of your supplies should be nutrition, including a range of freeze-dried meals which are simple and easy to prepare, ensuring that even in difficult conditions you have access to a nutritious meal.
At Fuel Your Preparation, we provide a range of freeze-dried meals which can help ensure you have access to nutritious, tasty meals in any situation. Our breakfasts, main courses and desserts are:
- Nutritious – packed with the carbohydrates and protein you need to feel warm and full in any situation
- Freeze-dried to create a product with a lengthy shelf life. Each pouch lasts for 7 years, while tins last for 25
- Expertly cooked prior to being freeze-dried, ensuring each meal tastes great
- Easy to prepare – simply add water and wait for the meal to rehydrate. In difficult situations our meals can also be rehydrated using cold water, ensuring you always have access to food
Whether you need to stockpile food in the event of extreme weather, want a small supply to help you comfortably ride out a power cut or want a stockpile that you can rely on in inhospitable, isolated conditions, our meals provide a fantastic way to ensure you always have access to a delicious feast.