Time to make a Flood Condition Checklist???

Discussion in 'General Preparedness Discussion' started by wildman800, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. wildman800

    wildman800 Well-Known Member

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    For those of us living along the Mississippi River Basin and all of it's tributaries, I think I will start finalizing my Flood Contingency Plan while I am home the next time.

    There is a lot of water in the rivers now and it is not going to go down very much before the April Showers and snow melt starts to build it back up again as the "June Rise".

    IMO, the levees are not in the best of shape. The area around Lake Providence, La is a known weakspot and there are several of us that are truly concerned about a levee breaking in that area. That would create quite a mess in the state of Louisiana!!

    My current line of thinking is:

    1) Get flood insurance (takes 30 days to go into effect).

    2) Look at maps and predict most likely flood lanes from a possible failure at Lake Providence, La and Morganza, La.

    3) Look at all possible escape routes.

    4) Do the research and come up with a FloodCon Checklist, including key decision making points concerning Bug Out Decision Making Points.

    5) I think this post places me in FloodCon 5, making basic preparations!
     
  2. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

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    Have you been flooded out in your area in the past?

    I have a few ideas about flood-proofing or flood-survival.

    Keep the water out.
    • Protect valuables in sealed containers (tupperware, 5-gallon pails, 55-gallon drums, etc)
    • Go underground. Dig a large pit and bury a water-tank with an opening well above perceived water levels. Climb down ladder to the inside of the tank and wait out the receding flood waters


    Keep the power on.
    • Install OTG power systems (Solar, Wind, etc)
    • Setup communication systems (CB, ShortWave)
    • Install low-temperature lighting (LED)

    Bugging out.
    • Get amphibian
    • Purchase land in the high-ground
    • Get helicopter licence ('nuff said)
    • Purchase EarlyWarning device (radio) to learn about problems before the majority of the rest of the citizens

    Beyond that ... maybe build a ark? :surrender:
     

  3. wildman800

    wildman800 Well-Known Member

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    Here's what I've come up with, thus far. I have a lot more research to do and future changes will reflect that research being completed.

    Flood Condition Checklist

    Updated: 01Fed10


    FloodCon 5

    1) Assume during late Winter to early Spring when Mississippi or nearby rivers are higher than normal because of early heavy rains and/or snawfall levels.

    2) Review FloodCon Checklist.

    3) Review status of Flood Insurance Levels. Procure Flood Insurance if needed.

    4) Review Official Current Material Conditions of all pertinent Levee Systems.

    FloodCon 4

    1) Assume when local rivers or the Mississippi River have reached their official Flood Stages near weak points in the Levee System or near the homestead.

    2) Review “Escape Routes” in case of Flash Flood Warnings when Heavy Rains are expected. If not already, Enroll with the state’s Emergency Management Automatic Emergency Conditions Email Notification System.

    3) Review all Emergency Supply Inventories and fill any “gaps”.

    4) Check River Stages and forecasts weekly (Mondays).

    5) Keep Fuel Tank Levels above ½ full mark.

    FloodCon 3

    1) Assume when the US Army Corps of Engineers commence “24 Hr Levee Patrols”

    2) Monitor Local News Broadcasts at least once daily.

    3) Top off all BoB’s with consumables, meds, and papers.

    4) Check the US Army Corps of Engineers Website daily, for Levee Condition Reports. Check River Stages and Forecasts daily.

    FloodCon 2

    1) Assume when Local or State Emergency Management Agencies start issuing warnings and/or issuing sandbags.

    2) Check Email twice daily for State Emergency Management Warnings.

    3) Load Bob’s into vehicles along with other “Emergency Equipment”.

    4) Commence continuous monitoring of local news via TV or Radio, as appropriate.

    5) Top off all vehicle fuel tanks and stored gas cans.

    6) Decision Time: This is the time to decide if the threat is serious enough to the homestead to warrant Bugging Out or Bugging In.

    FloodCon 1

    1) Assume when an upstream levee breaks or it becomes obvious that water levels are going to affect the homestead, if Bugged in. Determine if Bugging Out is feasible and/or advisable under current conditions.

    2) Prepare to secure electricity, water, and gas valves.

    3) Prepare upstairs for occupancy by the family and as many friends as possible. Important: Locate an axe to the upstairs as well as Emergency Food, Water, all meds, important papers, Weps/Ammo, etc.

    4) Relocate vehicles to higher ground, if possible.

    5) Get as much furniture up as high as possible with spare cinder blocks.