There are many helpful means each one of us can undertake personally to reduce his and her own flood risk significantly. Best with sufficient time for planning the precautions, individually set up and carried out in and around your property - e.g. with the orientation and support here at floodlabel. If you have not, and the flood is already on the way, do not panic - there are still useful steps you can take, see below as first aid the most effective short-term measurements for your flood prevention:
In case of a flood event approaching it is very essential to keep a cool head and to follow the below instructions. Do take action as soon as you can, latest before it gets too advanced with levels rising. During a disaster occurring there is not much to do anymore, besides to keep out of the danger zones. Be aware that in many cases floods are of rapid nature, bringing with them a range of potential hazards and fatal risks.
Think about what you can move now:
Don’t wait for a flood. Move items of personal value such as photo albums, family films and treasured mementos to a safe place.
Start preparing today before a flood happens. Use this checklist as your flood plan. Think about what you would want to move to safety during a flood:
Think about who you could ask for help and who you could offer to help –
particularly vulnerable neighbours or relatives – in the event of a flood.
keep on tracking the actual local weather reports and flood warnings. Inform your housemates and neighbors, also those who are not present at the moment. Try to estimate the extent and impact of the coming flood event. Depending on those and your living conditions make up your mind wether to stay or to leave to a higher ground. (the Floodlabel tools can help you to evaluate this decision).
If you can: print these SOS precaution instructions - latest when water enters your property you will have to turn off all electricity urgently!
Also in particular and very seriously:
By all means do not enter any flooded room and area, such as basements, cellars, garages, or outbuildings.
There is immediate danger to life:
Flooding can wash away the entire road surface and a significant amount of ground beneath. Floodwaters can also inundate vehicles, or wash them away. Some 30cm (six inches) of floodwater is enough for a small passenger vehicle to float, means loss of control or possible stalling as water is sucked into the exhaust or washes into the air intake. Just six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars; this depth can cause loss of control or possible stalling as water is sucked into the exhaust or washes into the air intake.
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Sinking cars are more common than you might imagine. It's reasonable to assume that the thought of being inside a car when it sinks must be one of the most frightening experiences imaginable for most people. Sadly, it's estimated, that around 350 people die every year in sinking vehicles. But as with all emergencies you can take quick controlled action to survive.
Escape from a sinking car:
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After the acute flood situation there still are many in silt and mud soaked areas. And they hide multiple threats: Be aware that electric sources can be flooded - as water conducts electricity this is a major risk during and after the disaster!
Also water and whole territories can be contaminated with hazardous substances, such as sharp debris, pesticides, fuel, and untreated sewage. Depending on the conditions mold blooms can quickly evolve and overwhelm water-soaked structures.
Residents of flooded regions are often confronted with breakdowns in infrastructure: Left without power and clean drinking water, there is a high potential for outbreaks of deadly waterborne diseases such as typhoid, hepatitis A, and cholera.
Hence the instructions in the above SOS section do apply here as well:
Now and here: test the level of your knowledge
The FLOODLABEL survey
Our team of experts has developed a questionnaire on the status quo of your building, which is specifically addressed to the concerns of flood prevention. For an effective self-enquiry you have the possibility to answer detailed questions. As a result, you will receive free of charge an automated short evaluation of your object directly afterwards. However, this is not yet the floodlabel.
To achieve the FLOODLABEL it still needs an expert checking all your indications to be plausible and correct.