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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District Emergency Organisation

The role of any District Emergency Organization (DEO) is to assist communities in disaster preparedness and offer support during times of crisis. They provide several forums for education and training, while aiding with initial emergency response, damage assessment, needs analysis and relief distribution.  They manage the allocation of resources, so that disaster support can be timely and effective. DEOs plan, develop and implement disaster prevention and preparedness programs, which help you to feel more ready, should a disaster strike. These programs also help to reduce the impact of likely hazards, such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.

DEOs offer programs to all segments of the community including service clubs, churches, neighborhood watches, PTAs, schools, families, community groups, and non-governmental organizations. They also liaise with the Fire Service and the Police during disasters.  Since DEOs tend to be community oriented, they offer volunteer programs to interested persons. When involved, you will be able to receive training in several areas, while learning about disaster management.

DEOs also have disaster plans in place, which pay special attention to the needs of persons with disabilities.


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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.