Prevention is still the best remedy for many of those things that befall we mortals. Rather than wait for life's fallout, there ARE things we can do to steal ourselves against the knowns that may (or may not) visit.
We visit our physicians & dentists for regular check-ups lest disease have it's way with us. We pay our taxes to avoid the ire of the IRS. We have our vehicles serviced to keep them in running order, and to inhibit costly repairs. We eat healthy for the same reason we have our vehicles serviced. We keep the air clear with family, friends & co-workers lest "fog" damage our relationships.
The possibilities are endless where preventative measures are concerned.
Many of us will never experience a flash flood, at least not a literal flash flood.
But all of us, at some time(s) or another will suffer the flash floods that descend upon the heart with little or no warning. Worse, some of us live on flood plains; and it's just a matter of time ...
Thus I have found it VERY interesting to see what preventative tips are offered for the literal. Is it possible they can wizen us for life experiences both literal and spiritual? You betcha!
The U.S. Scouting Service (and many other sites) provide a number of helpful cautions & advisories. In part we learn ...
More people lose their LIVES in floods than in any other weather-related event. 80% of flood deaths occur in vehicles, and most happen when drivers make a single, fatal mistake - trying to navigate through flood waters.
Watch for the following signs:
◦Unusually hard rain over several hours
◦Steady substantial rain over several days
◦Rains in conjunction with a spring thaw
◦A monsoon or other tropical system affecting your area
◦A Weather report
◦Water rising rapidly in streams and rivers
•In hilly terrain, flash floods can strike with little or no advance warning.
•DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS! Even if it looks shallow enough to cross. The large majority of deaths due to flash flooding occur with people driving through flooded areas.
•If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away.
•Be especially cautious at night.
•Don't try to outrace a flood on foot. If you see or hear it coming, move to higher ground immediately.
•Be familiar with the land features where you live, work, and play. Be prepared!
•Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest statements, watches and warnings ...
•The National Weather Service will issue a Flash Flood Watch when heavy rains may result in flash flooding in a specific area. In this case you should be alert ... you should move to safe ground immediately.
I also know from personal experience that flash flooding is NOT likely to occur where solid ground & deep root systems are found. There's a reason high ground is safe ground.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine
and puts them into practice is like a wise man who
built his house on the rock.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds
blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall,
because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does
not put them into practice is like a foolish man who
built his house on sand. The rain came down,
the streams rose, and the winds blew
and beat against that house,
and it fell with a great crash.”
From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.