You have barricaded your property with sandbags, installed a sump pump, planned your route and have loaded your car with a full tank of gasoline. You also checked all the drainage systems, contacted the evacuation center and gathered everyone to finally leave. Still, you feel that your preparation was inadequate. As you muster your courage to finally brave the floods, there goes this one flash of thought. To your horror, you realized that YOU HAVE NO SUPPLIES PREPARED. Worse, you see the flood gradually increasing in depth. It will take hours to gather everything you need but every second you spend in your house, you risk everyone’s life. You have no choice but to pray that the evacuation center contains everything you need, from food, water, medicine to diapers for your baby. That is the horror of not preparing an emergency kit for floods.
The question now is, what should your emergency kit really contain? Read on to find out more.
How Big Should an Emergency Kit Be?
Your emergency kit should be as BIIIG as possible. However, you should also consider mobility. Ideally, you should prepare two different emergency kits, including a lightweight one in case you need to leave urgently and a sizeable one if you need to stay home or you have enough space in your car.
What Should an Emergency Kit for Floods Contain?
The most complicated part of preparing an emergency kit for floods is deciding the contents. Aside from water and food, what else should you put inside? And how much of them?
Chances are, ATMs and banks are inaccessible during floods. Hence, you will need to have cash on hand for your emergency kit for floods. How much? It all depends on you. Estimate what will be enough for at least three days. Two weeks supply of cash is an ideal target.
For hygiene’s sake, you will need at least three-day worth of change of clothes in a standard emergency kit for floods. A couple of days without changing clothes is unhealthy. In addition, you should carry weather-appropriate clothing such as sweaters. You should also have sturdy shoes and boots in case you need to go out and some blankets and pillows for sleeping. Lastly, include rain gears like ponchos. Ponchos can help keep you dry without the need for an umbrella thus making them handy. Great brands of poncho include BonQ and Fosco. There are even Ponchos that can be used as shelters.
First Aid Kit and Medicine Kit
Medical kits are necessary not just to an emergency kit for floods. You should have them every time because you’ll never know when mishaps will inflict injuries or diseases. However, floods make first aid kits and medicine kits even more important. As you make contact with more people in the evacuation center, you run the risk of catching some disease, especially if the facilities are poorly maintained. In addition, you or one of your family members can become injured while evacuating.
It is highly unlikely that the evacuation center contains every medicine you need. Worse, if you have not yet reached your destination yet and you happen to get hit by debris or get injured for some reason, it will take time for medical professionals to arrive. That is if they arrive at all. To be prepared for medical emergencies, stashing the following items in your medicinal kit will be wise:
- Cough Medications
- Cold Medications
- Pain Reliever
- Plastic Bags
- Rubber Tourniquet
- Adhesive Tape
- Plastic Bags
- Hand Sanitizers
- Aluminum Finger Splint
- Antiseptic Solution
- Spoon and Medicine Cup
Keep in mind that the above items will not only be useful during floods. They can be useful anytime, whether it is an economic collapse, a storm or any other disaster.
In addition to the above items, bring medical equipment and devices that you or anyone in your family needs. For example, bring a nebulizer if your doctor prescribes.
During floods, electricity will likely be cut off either because the flood caused severe damage to the power grid or because authorities intentionally cut the power supply to avoid causing damage and injuries. Because of this, you will need a handy lighting devices to your emergency kit for floods. This will help you during your trip to the evacuation center or a family member of yours. Chances are, you will also need lighting for exploring your home when you return. In addition, you will be needing your own lighting if the evacuation center’s generator breaks down for some reason.
Only use flashlights and electronic light sources, especially when near damaged structures. There can be gas leaks and you can end up igniting the structure along with yourself if you use a torch, flare or gas lamp.
Take note that not just because your cell phone features a flashlight, you can already skip this part of preparing an emergency kit for floods. Since you have to conserve the battery of your cell phone for as long as possible, you should have an independent lighting.
Your criteria for selection should be the convenience, efficiency, and capacity. That is, you should choose a lighting that is easy to carry, has strong lighting and are long-lasting. This makes headlights ideal because they can offer quality lighting without occupying a hand. An excellent headlight model is BonQ headlight which can provide up to 8000 lumens of lighting.
Way of Communication
During the onset of a flood, you can get separated to your companions. Moreover, you need to update your relatives to keep them from worrying.
Needless to say, cell phones are must-haves. You can use them to communicate via texts, calls and social media but always remember to conserve battery and avoid texting if possible because networks can get overwhelmed causing late messages. Bring a couple extra batteries or power banks enough to keep them running for three days. In addition to cell phones, it will be wise, but not necessary, to bring two-way radios for short-range communication. Distribute your radio to everyone so you can all communicate in case you get separated.
A Way to Get Updated
Once again, cellphones save the day. Phones will help you get updated if you follow government accounts in social media platforms like Facebook and Tweeter or if you subscribe to the right email or SMS service. However, cell phones can run out of battery really fast if used for this purpose. It is worth repeating that you have to bring a couple extra batteries or power banks.
Another must-have in your flood-preparedness kit is an emergency radio. Since network providers can provide weaker signals during floods, you will need an alternative source of information, namely a radio. Likewise, radios can receive weaker signals too so you can’t dismiss the necessity of a cell phone.
Pick a radio that is reliable and has an alternative source of power. Ideally, you should pick a radio that can be charged through some form of mechanical power source like a crank you can repeatedly turn to charge the radio.
Prepz.nl offer a variety of emergency radios, ranging from lightweight to those that offer alternative power sources such as solar and mechanical. These radios are tested to work on rough weather conditions and have at least 2000 mAh battery capacity. As an added bonus, these radios are
splash-water-proof and offers SOS alarms that will help you alert everyone when activated. You can opt for buying an AA battery operated radio and stash lots of AA batteries.
Given the limitations of cell phone battery, you will have to bring an extra power bank too. What better way to minimize your baggage than to combine the power bank and the radio in one? Total Superior offers exactly that. It is a 4000mAh radio that can serve as a power bank too and has a plethora of useful features such as solar charging, SOS alarm, decent shock-proofing, and water-splash-proofing.
Food and Water
The best way to a man’s heart is through the stomach. Likewise, the best way to a man’s death is an empty stomach! During floods, you should always keep your stomach full so that you are always ready to go on the move. You will need all the strength you can muster so that you can plan and do moves to survive the flood.
Knowing what type of foods you should store is a vital part of preparing an emergency kit for floods. Ideally, you should stock non-perishable or canned foods. Make sure that you will only stock foods that you will actually eat so that you can consume them and replenish supply if a flood did not come before the expiration date of the foods.
Prepz.nl offer a plethora of emergency rations ranging from water rations to food rations that can last for up to 20 years. These food rations come in different flavors such as Rice Pudding and Strawberries, White Rice, Shrimp, and many others.
Stock up at least three day worth of food and water. For water quantity calculation, you can check out our long-term water storage article.
Equipment for Cleaning Water
In addition to the water you stock, it will be wise to store a water disinfectant and a water filter. Water disinfectants can eliminate a wide spectrum of bacteria including Salmonella typhi, Shigella sonnei, Escherichia coli, Vibro Cholerae, and Streptococcus Faecali. In combination with water disinfectants, water filters can help you stay safe from chemicals, bacteria, and fungi thanks to their activated carbon layer. Take note, however, that water filters and water disinfectants are not perfect. Avoid drinking flood water at all cost because the concentration of harmful entities can be too much.
Children, persons with disability and elderlies have special needs you should add to your stockpile. For instance, if someone in your family uses hearing aids, stock a number of spare batteries. If you have a baby in the family, stock some diapers because you can not easily buy these special needs during a flood.
No matter how dull the situation becomes, keeping your hygiene good is vital to your health. Toiletries are important in doing so. Remember to stash a supply of tissues, sanitizer, moisture wipes, and other hygiene items.
You do not necessarily have to keep these items in your emergency kit, but it will be wise to organize and place them in a place where you can easily grab them and go. These items include the following:
- Important documents including:
- Insurance paper
- Medical Records
- Tax Returns
- Financial Materials like debit cards and credit cards
Preparing an emergency kit for floods is a wise choice. It is true that you may never have to use them, (and be thankful if you never had to) but it is also true that if you don’t prepare and a flood arrives, you will end up FULL OF REGRETS.