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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Flood Preparedness: Kits & Checklist

Here’s a checklist of items that you should have in your survival kit.

  • Canned, boxed or plastic bottled juices
  • Canned foods, including vegetables
  • Disposable plates, cups and utensils
  • Water purification kit or bleach (4 drops per qt)
  • Prescription medicine (min a week’s supply)
  • First aid kit with mosquito repellent
  • Manual can opener
  • Matches in a water proof container
  • Cooking tools and fuel
  • Tools including a wrench and pliers to turn off utilities
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Small amount of cash in small bills
  • Infant care supplies if needed (pampers, baby formula etc)
  • Toiletries, soap etc
  • Hand sanitizer (no water required)
  • Special items for elderly or disabled family members
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • Sturdy shoes (perhaps rubber boots), rain gear, extra clothes, spectacles (if needed), pillows, blankets and/or sleeping bags if evacuation is required
  • Identification, passports, insurance papers, medical records and important documents stored in waterproof bag

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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.