One of the most important things in the world is to be prepared. It is why preparation is one of the key skills and features within so many job descriptions, so many group descriptions, why it is so highly valued by both the military and most administration governments alike. Being prepared means that hopefully, no matter what actually happens, there is something that you can do about a bad situation – and conversely, when good things happen, you are all ready to celebrate! However, being prepared for absolutely every single thing that could potentially happen to your home and family just simply isn’t possible, so you need to think cleverly about what you are going to prepare for. Analysts would always recommend that you prepare for flooding, as that is the number one natural disaster that is most likely to happen to a property – so what are the flood trends for 2016, and are you prepared?
Firstly, many people believe that this should finally be the year that governments, not only on a national but also on a local and an international level, will have enough planning in place for flooding to prevent any real negative results and consequences. After all, time and time again we have seen the devastation on our TV screens when an area beside a river has not prepared, or a town liable to flood due to rainfall has not been prepared. This has put a huge amount of pressure of governing bodies of all sizes to do much more to prevent this from happening in the first place, which means that there should be more and better flood defences, and better prepared flood damage teams that can go out and act before it is too late.
Secondly, some experts believe that there is going to be a lot more flooding in developing countries in 2016, much more so than in the year before it. That is because in many developing areas, there is a huge amount of change to the environment, and this can often tip the balance of an area one way or the other – often leading to changes in water levels or water areas which almost always lead to flooding. As the world continues to move forward and as countries race to keep up with and exceed each other, the experts reckon that the likelihood of flooding in those areas is just going to increase and increase. There is little that individuals can do to prevent this, except for campaign to have much better environmental management around development areas.
Thirdly and lastly, another flood trend of 2016 will hopefully be that individual households will be greater prepared for flooding by ensuring that they give their homes and properties a winter check every autumn, to make sure that their property is ready to be protected should the worst happen. This includes pipes, any standing water nearby, and things such as gutters and rooves. Having these checked by a professional is the best defence against flooding there is – though you may want to buy a couple of sand bags, just in case.