Dealing With Flash Floods

Flash Floods Happen Often

In Central Texas, flash flooding is one of the most common natural disasters that significantly affects our lives, especially those who live in flood-prone areas. Flash flood hazards can be local, affecting a small community or locality or very large affecting multiple counties. If you are living in a flood-prone area or have been warned about heavy rain and impending flash floods, then you should prepare to evacuate as quickly as possible. In order to prevent water damage from flooding, you should take the necessary steps before, during and after the flood.

The following are the safety measures to be taken before a flood to prevent flood damage:

  • If you are living in a flood-prone area, you should elevate and reinforce your home to protect yourself and your property from flood hazards.
  • If your living area is susceptible to flooding, you should elevate the electric panel, water heater, furnace etc.
  • To prevent flood water from blocking the drains of your home, sewer taps should be installed with appropriate check valves.
  • You should construct barriers like flood walls, beams etc to prevent flood water from entering your building. This will help greatly to prevent flood damage.
  • You should also seal the walls of your basement with waterproofing compounds so as to avoid seepage.
  • If you have been warned of an impending flood, you should watch television or public communication media to gather more information about the disaster to come.
  • If you have been warned of a flash flooding, then you should not waste time waiting for instructions to evacuate but should move to a higher ground as quickly as possible.
  • If you are preparing to evacuate, then you should secure your home. If you have the time, move the valuables and essentials to an elevated place or upper floor. You should also turn off all the utilities like power supply, water supply, gas supply etc at its main source. Also disconnect all electrical appliances, if possible. This will help to prevent flood damage to the maximum extent possible.

The following are the safety measures to be taken during a flood to prevent flood damage:

  • During a flood, if you have to move through water, always walk through standing water. Also, check the firmness of the ground before you with a stick and only then, you move on. Never walk through moving water as it can make you fall.
  • It is very dangerous to drive in the floods, as the flood water can easily sweep you and your car. “TURN AROUND DON”T DROWN”
  • If you are in the car and if you see the flood water rising, then leave the car and move to a raised platform as quickly as possible.
  • The following are the safety measures to be taken after a flood to prevent flood damage:
  • Do not go back to your home as soon as the flood water recedes. You should go back to your home, only when it is declared safe to return to the flooded areas.
  • Do not turn on or start using utilities like power supply, water supply, gas supply etc immediately after a flood. Start using them only after it is declared safe to use them or an electrician has checked them.
  • Before starting living in your home and using your personal and household properties, you should clean, disinfect and dry out them. This will also help to prevent flood damage to a great extent.

If you are living in a flood-prone area, it is advisable to have flood insurance for your family and property. Remember flood damage is not covered by your homeowner’s insurance. This will help to reduce the cost of restoration after a flood.


Simple Ideas

Great inventions come sometimes come from simple ideas. Great Ideas . . . They come to us in fleeting glimpses, flashing thoughts, and inspired visualizations. We all have them, sometimes in dreams, sometimes after great thought and often out of the blue. They can pop up at any time wherever we are. Most of us have numerous ideas that could be put to the test and generate income for us in business or make life easier in a number of ways. Why then is this often not the case in practice?

  • First: most people do act on some ideas, generally those that do not take them too far out of there comfort zones.
  • Second: for most people, a great idea remains just that, a great idea. They either don’t have the desire, energy or drive to push past the inactive stage or they procrastinate and miss the boat.
  • Third: a lot of people don’t note the idea and it passes into the back blocks of their memory.

Usually, the great idea ends up being taken and the opportunity passes. Heard this story or experienced it before, certainly a lot of people I’ve spoken to have related this scenario to me. What is missing in this formula? A few select people take their ideas and turn them into gold, these are the entrepreneurs, the movers and the wealthy.

They take – ACTION!

It Takes Action

Action is like oxygen to the flame, without it there is no fire. It is really just about “doing it”, taking that step, lifting that phone or making the effort to begin. Action and effort transfer into movement and it is the movement that we need in both life and business. When starting a business, especially a home based business it is advisable to start small but aim BIG. Have the bigger long-term vision firm in your mind and even written down. This makes it easier to Act and keep focus and motivation.

Opportunity A Plenty

There are plenty of business opportunities out there, software to format your ideas into sellable products (i.e.. E-Books Software if your into writing books or reports) and Business resources both on and off the net to assist you. Remember, all successful businesses started with an idea and then

ACTION . . . Take that step now ACT, you’ll never know if you don’t try!