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Proper action to take during a flood

It is very difficult to predict floods but it is certainly possible to overcome their effects.


The enormous power of floodwaters and the suddenness with which they come upon us present a real danger, even to the extent of loss of life (by drowning, after being caught in a surge of flood water that seems at first to be harmless) by humans and other living creatures. More than once, rescue services around the world have been called on to help trapped people by means of rubber rafts and other special means. Roads and buildings can also suffer severe damage when hit by flood, and being caught in such a situation can become extremely dangerous


Floods, like earthquakes and fire, strike the home front without advance warning.
It is recommended that each household prepare an emergency kit that will be of help in an emergency of this kind as well, whether you are trapped by the flood or evacuated. Note that vulnerable items in the emergency kit should be wrapped in plastic (items that can be damaged if they get wet, such as papers, clothing, etc) so that they can still be used, even in the event of flooding. If you are traveling to an area where flooding is possible it is absolutely essential that you prepare and equip yourself according to the instructions of the authorized bodies.
Note! There is small chance of forecasting floods because of the fact that there is no direct connection between the area in which the rain falls and the place where the flooding takes place. The flood waters collect in one place, but are then liable to flow unexpectedly to another area that is seemingly dry and cloud-free.


We usually observe the flooding of a dry area taking place within a very short period of time. For the most part, flooding is caused by rain and sometimes storms, earthquakes and rivers overflowing their banks.


Flooding in your immediate environment
In the event of a flood or fear of flooding in an area near you, stay tuned to the communications media for updates and instructions.
It is strictly forbidden to go to the area of a flood! The rescue services are carefully trained and properly equipped to assist people who are trapped.

If flooding occurs in your immediate environment

• Make an effort to reach a high place and get as far as possible from the site

• Try to catch hold of a stable object that won't be affected by the tug of the water

• If you are not alone – try to stay together, or at least retain eye contact

• Make an effort to mark or report your location to the security forces


Flooding in the desert is an amazing site but it can be life-threatening to hikers in the area. Any hiker found in the way of the flood is liable to find out that hiking trails and steep descents among rocks that are covered by flood waters have turned into slippery waterfalls. In certain routes such as narrow, winding vadis (normally dry water courses), the hiker may not always be able to find a safe place outside the path of the current. Being in the path of the torrent endangers the life of the hiker. Hikers in the desert should keep advised of the chance of flooding. In addition, in big floods there will be significant currents in broader rivers that collect in large drainage basins and then flow out across roads. People in motor vehicles who misjudge the power of the current may be tempted to cross its path and become stranded or carried away by the water. Today, in many cases bridges cross many of the flood sites in the Negev and the Judean Desert, but there is still a sufficient number of roads that cross flood streams with no bridge over them.