An RV is not the ideal place to be when a natural disaster like a flood hits you. In fact, flash floods can upturn the RV and become fatal within a few minutes! However, these tips will ensure your safety when a flash flood approaches you.
Merl reports about safety tips to counter floods, 10 ft away from flood
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Kristin shares priceless tips on being safe during floods in the RV
- If you’re driving an RV and come across a flooded road, head the opposite way. Fewer than 2 ft of water can sweep off a car or stall it out.
- During and after a flood, your water supply may become contaminated. Be sure to check for boil the white water for safety before consuming and cooking with it.
- Do not attempt to cross any water on the road higher than your ankles. As little as 6 inches of water flows rapidly and can knock an adult down, not to mention it could be contaminated or even contain hazardous sharp objects too, and even poisonous snakes!
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Lisa Singh talks about fundamental safety measures for campers, during floods
- Is an area flood-prone?Before setting up a campsite, pay attention to flash flood warning signs but don’t count on those signs to always be there. When setting up a campsite, look for evidence of past floods, such as large logs littering a creek or riverbed and high-water marks on river banks and trees. Signs of past flooding in a canyon include water stains on canyon walls and debris hanging from bushes and low branches.
- Does the weather report call for a flood watch?Check the weather forecast before a hike or a camp outing. If a flood watch is in effect, potential exists for heavy rains to create flash flooding within 6 to 24 hours. Postponing a trip a day or 2 could save a life. When hiking in the West, pay particular attention to weather reports from July to mid-September. That’s when severe thunderstorms are most likely to develop quickly. Finally, if visiting a flood-prone city, “on the ground” weather reports are available from the local convention and visitor’s bureau.
- When should you avoid driving in a flood? If you notice while driving during a storm that the middle line on the road is no longer visible, heed this advice from the National Weather Service. “Turn around, don’t drown.” Just six inches of water is enough to lift a vehicle off the ground. If you are caught in rising water, abandon the vehicle and seek higher ground. If you are trapped, wait until the car partially fills with water. Doors locked from water pressure should open once the water pressure is the same on both sides of the door. Also, press your feet against the windshield, which should then pop off. Finally, never drive around a “Road Closed” sign. It’s closed for a reason.
Read how to be safe during other natural disasters that accompany, floods, such as a lightning storm. If you resort to low-lying areas during a flood,be extremely careful. Furthermore, if the flood is critical, leave your rig and save yourself ASAP!