Flood preps & emergency raft recommendations
Seeing all of the flooding over the last week has moved prepping for floods to the top of my list of missing items. We are in a flood zone and have insurance. Our house was also built with the first floor 8 feet above the 500 year flood maps and flood vents in the foundation. We have a large stack of pre-prepped sand bags too. Along with power outage, food and fresh water supplies.
However, our location is surrounded by roads below flood level and they are they only exit from our area. High ground is several miles away as the crow flies.
We have an axe for the attic and life vests for the kids. (Life vests for us are on our list.)
One thing I know we’re missing is an emergency raft and paddles. Any recommendations for that? Preferably in the under $200 range?
Any other items specific to flooding, especially flash flooding, that you can think of?
We live in the vicinity of two powerful rivers (one of them dam fed approximately 80 miles upstream) multiple creeks and holding ponds. Good chance for significant debris, chemical, and sewage in flood waters. With enough notice we would evacuate pre-flood. If our home is habitable, we would shelter-in-place. So, for the raft and attic supplies, they would be last resort/caught by surprise/no other options.