Survival-Pax Blog: Preparation for Flooding

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Preparation for Flooding

Not all disasters are quick. Some take hours to come and can be just as catastrophic. One such disaster is flooding.

In my area of the country (Northern Illinois) this past summer has been very wet. We have had two occasions of heavy rains, combined with power outages, that wreaked havoc on my neighborhood.

The worst was one where it rained all afternoon and into the night. Almost every house in my immediate area had flooded basements. My home escaped the damage, because we had planned ahead.

What did I do?

As Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." That statement can be the motto of the person who wants to be prepared. A small amount of preparation can save you a huge headache.

This was a photo taken of a street in my neighborhood.
I wonder who's basement flooded during the storm?
Most basements have a sump pump, right? The pump is used to pump water that accumulates in the sump pit and helps waterproof the basement. Normally, the pump removes the water out of the pit and the basement stays dry. It's what people depend on in heavy rain

What happens when the power goes out? Does your sump pump have a battery backup? If not, it stops working and your basements flood. We have a battery backup to our sump pump, and this simple preparation allowed us to have a dry basement while almost everyone else's flooded.

Are you prepared?

If you have a sump pump, it is very prudent to have a battery backup for it. In fact, I'd say it's near mandatory, since flooding is very commonly accompanied by a severe storm which can cut off power.

Here are some more questions that you can ask yourself. Are there leaks in your basement? Are there low-lying areas around your home that will fill up with water, leaking into your basement?

If there are, it would be good to look up ways to fix or prepare for these problems now and not later.

Take care!

Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

Next week I will post a first-hand account of a Survival-Pax Community Member who experienced the devastation of Hurricane Irene as it impacted Vermont. Stay tuned!

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