BATON ROUGE – Earlier this week, Louisiana expected a few days of rain. Nothing unusual for August. But in a matter hours, the rainstorms turned into a catastrophe. Flash floods swamped homes. Cars were submerged in the streets with the unsuspecting drivers trapped inside.
A state of emergency was declared by the governor. Daring rescues and near death experiences are all over the local and national news.
Drivers have been trapped on I-12 for more than 24 hours with no food or water. The state police are air-lifting supplies.
Cell service is out throughout major sections of the state. Widespread power outages are complicated by the utility companies’ inability to access damaged assets because of flooded streets.
Texas and Mississippi are also suffering flash floods and damage from the weather.
This was a sudden and unusual event in the Gulf South, but for parts of the country, the spring thaw often causes flash floods in localities normally considered high ground.
When a rain storm, or spring thaw, turns into something dangerous, without warning, there is no predicting the location and timing of a life and death situation.
The question is: are you prepared to survive a flash flood if it inundates your car or your house? Now is a great time to review your preparations.
Paratus Business News wanted to offer a round up of the best advice from some of the nation’s top survival experts.
City Flooding Survival: Survivor’s Edge Magazine by Harris Publications offered a lesson in surviving urban flooding.
Tips From a Survivor: Readers of SurvivalBlog.com often provide the most insight into preparation and survival of natural disasters. Here’s some advice from the survivor of a massive flood in Colorado.
For What It’s Worth: Federal Government’s Ready.gov offers advice and planning on flood preparation and response.
While it’s easy to get overwhelmed with information, take some time to get a basic plan in place now, and then hone it for later. Some action now may save your home, your car and your life.