FLOOD - A flood is an abnormal progressive rise in the water level of streams or rivers which may result in overflowing. Floods in the Caribbean can often be caused by heavy rainfall, dam or levee failures, tsunamis, storm surges or burst water mains.
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The Role of the Media

Effective disaster management is crucial!
 

This can only be achieved when timely and accurate communication links have been developed and sustained when a natural hazard is expected or ongoing.

It is the media’s role to create public awareness by forging strong communication links between the disaster manager and the public.

Public awareness increases levels of consciousness with regards to likely risks, while letting people know what actions to take to help reduce the damage which can be caused by a flood. As such, the media can help save lives and property in the event of a hurricane when there is an effective public awareness campaign in place. Public awareness activities help in changing behavior, leading towards a culture of risk reduction. This involves educating the people using radio or television broadcasts, use of printed media, internet, and any source that the public uses to access information.

 

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12 inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
New land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction changes natural runoff paths.
In cases of severe flooding, water can take weeks to subside.
Large volumes of water can cause roadbeds to collapse.
Deforestation can cause flooding.
Flooding is the most common natural hazard.
Flash-flooding can occur within minutes.
Dams and levees are built to prevent flooding.
Flooding can cause millions of dollars in damage.
6 inches of moving water can sweep you off your feet.
Oil, and other chemicals carried in floodwaters can ruin crops and be hazardous to your health
When soil gets saturated with water, landslides may occur
More people die from drowning in fresh water floods during a hurricane or storm, than from any other cause.