Flood Preparedness

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Floods can be scary, bad, and not good. And they happen all the time!

Unless this is your first day on earth, you’ve probably heard about floods. They’re caused by all kinds of things: heavy rain storms, hurricanes, thawing snow, dam breaks, rockslides blocking natural water flows, or anything else that overwhelms our water control systems. If it’s not supposed to be under water and it’s under water, you’re probably looking at a flood.

If you don’t live near a beach or river, you might be surprised to learn that you are living at the whim of the flood gods, despite your choice location. Floods are among the most frequently-occurring and costly disasters out there, and they happen even in landlocked states and regions that aren’t near any bodies of water. Estimates suggest that nearly 1.5 billion people worldwide live in areas at risk for intense flooding and flood-related complications. We’re most concerned about the flood-related complication that is irreversible death, but loss of property and reduced quality of life are upsetting as well.

TLDR: floods are terrible and they’re everywhere. You need to be aware of the risks and how to react to stay safe.

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In this guide, you will learn:

So, let’s get started. First off, you will learn what exactly happens during a flood.

About the Authors

It takes a village! We are researching, writing and fact checking as a family. Collaboration is the name of the game, whether we’re running from a zombie horde or finding the best way to turn a complex concept into a deliciously digestible set of bullet points.

Katherine Esperanza is a Los Angeles based writer. When she's not conjuring new queer slice-of-life short stories, she's busy watching the newest films, out at queer shows, supporting queer artists, or just checking out the queer community as a whole.

A former international non-profiteer, small business owner, and co-op'er, Katherine is delighted to help introduce more leftist politics into the disaster preparedness/prepper sphere, which is currently far too right-wing.