Contributed blog post from Drew Smithfield, safety and security writer:
Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters, yet it still manages to take us by surprise. Time after time, we find ourselves shocked by incidents where the amount of rainfall is record-breaking, the damage is in the billion-dollar range and the number of casualties is staggering.
In recent weeks, this is exactly what residents of Boulder, Colorado, and surrounding areas have encountered – heavy rainfall and flooding of epic proportions.
While it’s not unusual for Boulder and other cities in Colorado to experience minor flooding due to snowmelt or rainfall, the current crisis involved an immense amount of rain over a short period of time. These cities had the weather and other factors working against them.
Fortunately, there’s one factor that always works in your favor — making sure that your home and family are prepared.
What you need to be prepared for a flood
If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, it’s imperative to have an emergency plan and supplies on hand. This way you’ll know that you have all the necessary tools in place in the event that a flood does happen. The American Red Cross has specific guidelines for which items to have packed if you need to evacuate.
One of the most important steps is staying informed about local weather reports and safety conditions. While TVs, radios and smartphones can provide this information, having backup technology in case you lose power is essential. Eton Corp provides that security blanket with products and services recommended by its brand partner, the American Red Cross:
- AM/FM radios
- Emergency weather broadcasts and alerts
- Multiple power sources – solar, batteries, built-in rechargeable batteries or hand crank
- USB ports to charge smartphones and other devices
- And more.
Protecting your home in a flood
If you have to evacuate your home during a flood or any other natural disaster, there are ways to stay connected. Many home security systems (both do-it-yourself and professionally monitored) feature different types of sensors that can track certain conditions such as:
- Flooding/water levels – Keep track of rising water in low-lying areas of your home, such as basements
- Carbon monoxide – Alerts you of dangerous levels of CO, a toxic gas undetectable by human senses
- Smoke/heat – You’ll know if temperature levels in your home are too high or if smoke is present
If you have a system with these sensors and any of those conditions trigger your alarm, you’ll know that danger is present. However, if you have to leave your home and want to know if any of these threats are affecting your home, consider adding mobile access to your system. With this feature, you’ll have the capability to use your smartphone to check on your home even if you are forced to vacate. Plus, you won’t run out of battery power on your phone with Eton products that have built-in USB charging ports.
Even if you don’t know what to expect with the weather, prepare for the worst with the correct supplies and equipment and an emergency evacuation plan. Most importantly, stay calm, be cautious and don’t try and take on the elements – nature almost always wins that battle.