Floods are one of the most common natural disasters. Fortunately, there are ways you can prepare for potential flooding in your area!
When it comes to natural disasters, hurricanes and tornadoes spring to mind as being the worst of the worst. But it’s easy to forget that there’s more to avoiding water hazards than practicing pool safety! In fact, floods cause approximately 8 billion in losses annually in the United States, making them the worst natural disaster. While flooding can come out of nowhere, there are plenty of ways to be prepared. You can even share them with others on a family app!
A flood occurs when an area that is dry under normal conditions is saturated with water. Flooding causes can include everything from rain or a ruptured dam to rapidly melting snow and ice. Coastal flooding can also occur when there is stormy weather or a hurricane.
While floods can take days to build and give ample warning, flash flooding is something that happens quickly. Unfortunately, climate change is leading to more extreme events with rising sea levels and more intense moisture systems.
A flooding river or a breached levee can have an impact on our personal safety. However, it can be comforting to know that your home is protected in the event of a disaster. While most insurance packages don't include flood insurance, there is national flood insurance for high-risk areas.
While the cost of this type of insurance can vary, it can be worth it given the peace of mind. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may even provide a certain percentage off of your insurance costs if your home is part of their Community Rating System (CRS). Share this information with other community members on our FamilyApp and keep your community protected!
Few things are more terrifying than being caught in the middle of a natural disaster. Luckily, there are ways that you can prepare yourself if worse comes to worse and you’re dealing with flooding effects. Have your ever experienced a flood? Share your experience with us in our comments. It’s important to take care of your home in the event of a flood, but maintaining your personal safety is key!
In the event of a disaster, it’s very important to exercise flood safety. Here are some tips to stay safe during flooding:
As flooding due to climate change increases, the areas impacted by its effects are set to increase as well. In fact, approximately 17 percent of all the urban land in the United States is located in a high-risk flood zone.
While cities like Dallas, San Antonio and Fort Worth in Texas are prone to floods, the Eastern United States are heavily impacted, too.
Urban centers like Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit are also vulnerable to extreme weather events that cause floods.
The Midwest has also experienced severe floods in recent years. Oftentimes, this has been a result of the combination of the Appalachian snowpack and heavy spring rain.