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Survival Diva here. Our Hearts and prayers go out to the friends and family members of the eight people who lost their lives to the recent Colorado flooding, as well as the thousands who’s lives were dramatically impacted. The floods wreaked havoc across 17 counties, encompassing 2,000 square miles. Almost 2,000 homes were damaged or destroyed and over 200 miles of highway and 50 bridges were damaged.
The city of Bolder, Colorado and other nearby towns were greatly impacted as the floodwater from almost a year’s worth of rain falling in a couple of days rushed down the mountainsides and focusing in the canyons, spilling a torrent of water onto densely populated areas.
Although this is considered to be a 1 in 1,000 year event, none of us are immune to severe weather and flooding. There are lessons that can be learned from the Colorado flood that can greatly increase our odds of survival in flooding situations, as well as other disasters. Below are some of the situations people found themselves in.
Problem: Approximately 1,200 people were unaccounted for after the Colorado flooding.
Solution: There are few things more frightening than not knowing if a loved one has survived an area-wide disaster. Even when the grid is down, it may be possible to let others know whether you’re okay or need assistance by keeping the battery in your cell phone charged, or by keeping a back-up battery. Other options are solar-powered or hand-crank chargers.
We’ve all grown used to portable land line phones, but purchasing a cheap, old-fashioned clip-in phone will allow you to stay in touch with your loved ones even in grid-down, provided your local Telco is still operational.
Even when cell phone coverage is down or jammed, it may be possible to send a text. You can also use social media like FaceBook or Twitter to send and receive messages.
You should chose a contact person that all family members can call in case you are separated. This contact person should live outside your immediate area which will increase the odds they haven’t experienced the same emergency as your location, and they’ll be able to relay messages between you and your loved ones. It is important for each member in your family or group to keep this person’s phone number in a safe, easily accessible location like a wallet or book bag. Do not depend solely upon being able to pull up the number on a cell phone.
If you have school age children, or children who attend daycare, it is important to know what their emergency plans are. Should their location become unsafe, where will they relocate to? Without knowing were their alternate location is, it may be difficult for you to pick up your child. You may want to designate a trusted family member or friend to pick them up in case of an emergency when you are unable to reach them yourself. You will need to make these arrangements with your child’s school or daycare.
(David’s note: Frankly, I’d kind of like it if I were “unaccounted for” more often. It’s probably splitting hairs, but I wouldn’t worry nearly as much about authorities and the media saying that there were 1,200 people who were unaccounted for as I would be if there were 1,200 people stranded, alone, out of communication with friends and loved ones, and who needed help.
Two tools that our family has for situations like this are the SPOT satellite transponder/GPS/one way satellite communicator. and the Delorme inReach 2 (TWO!) way satellite communicator that you can connect to your smartphone by bluetooth and send/receive text messages via satellite. Suffice it to say that they aren’t exactly cheap, but both are very affordable for satellite communication. I like going into the backcountry and have carried the helicopter medical evac insurance for a few years. I’ve never had to use it, but it makes my wife happy to know I’ve got a net when I’m out on my own and she likes it when I check in once or twice a day to let her know I’m still alive.)
Problem: Thousands of people were stranded during the flood due to washed out roads.
Solution:Even during a power outage, you can stay tuned to emergency broadcasts with a battery-run or hand crank radio. If neither is possible, you can listen from your car radio. In a case of a flood, it is imperative to know which routes are open should you need to evacuate and it will give you valuable time to get a head start before it’s too late.
It goes without saying that extra prescription medicine, food, water, alternative lighting, heating and cooking methods are important to have available! Many were stranded for days during the Colorado floods.
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Problem: 11,750 people came under mandatory evacuation orders due to the rising waters.
Solution: Mandatory evacuations are not unusual during floods, earthquakes and wildfires. It is important to chose a designated meeting place where family members can go to meet up when it becomes impossible to return home. Dry runs are advisable, so that should a real emergency arise, you will have had time to work out any kinks in your plan.
Go-Kits should be kept in your car containing prescription medicine (if applicable), food, water and preparedness goods such as camp gear and a camp stove. It is important to have important documents such as birth certificates, marriage license, Insurance paperwork, bank information, and any other documentation you are likely to need in case the originals are lost in a disaster.
Problem: The residents of Lions, Colorado were not only cut off when the floodwater’s destroyed U.S. Route 66, they were also without safe drinking water and the area’s sewage treatment plant went down.
Solution: Drinking water was already mentioned, but some disasters can back sewage into homes and make the use of bathrooms impossible. Keeping a camp toilet on hand will handle part of the issue. For those who live in an apartment or a condo, it may be necessary to dig a hole–which, of course, means you should put this on your preparedness list if you haven’t already.
(David’s note: If your home does not have a sewer backflow prevention device or manual shutoff valve, you may want to look into having one installed. Even if you do have a BPD, they get clogged and if you’re at the bottom of a long hill and/or downhill of a water treatment facility, it may be worth the belt & suspenders approach of also installing a manual shutoff valve.)
Problem: Many residents had to flee to a shelter during the flooding.
Solution: Although the only solution in some cases may be to head to a shelter, if possible try to arrange to stay with family or friends living away from the brunt of the devastation. Especially in urban locations, shelters may become overcrowded, and as we saw during Katrina, these conditions can lead to overrunning toilets, disease, shortages of bedding, and in some cases, can be dangerous.
(David’s note: No matter how incredible the people are who are running the shelter, the logistics involved in running a shelter make it almost mandatory that refugees lose rights and freedoms. Going to a shelter means putting your life in someone else’s hands, exposing yourself to a petri dish of viruses and bacteria when your immune system is compromised, sacrificing sleep, and a host of other bad consequences of forcing large numbers of people into tight living quarters with sub-optimal hygiene, nutrition, and sleep.
You want to do everything you can to avoid shelters…no matter who’s running them. Instead, be part of the solution and plan on taking care of yourself and those around you.)
Problem: A couple was swept away when they stopped their vehicle too close to a rain-swollen creek during the flood.
Solution: Never chance driving/idling near rising water as water levels can rise rapidly.
Only 6 inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars which can cause a loss of control and can cause it to stall. A foot of water will float many vehicles and 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUV’s and Trucks.
Never drive through a flooded road. The depth of the water may be difficult to judge until it’s too late.
If your vehicle stalls during a flood, abandon it and seek higher ground immediately.
If you are ever caught in a vehicle that is swept away to deep water and starts to sink, get your window open. If you have automatic windows and your vehicle is stalled, find something heavy to break out the window–opening the doors won’t be possible until the vehicle is submerged and the pressure equalizes.
Have you ever experienced a flood? Are you prepared to? We’d love hearing from you! Please post your comments below.
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God bless and stay safe,
David Morris and Survival Diva