Sinkholes are natural or man-made depressions in the ground and are formed when the top soil collapses into the void below either gradually or abruptly. It occurs all over the world, even in the urban or populated areas causing the destruction of property and loss of lives.
Sinkholes: Rising Above The Deadly Abyss
Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and Missouri, for example, are just some the states where sinkholes appear out of nowhere and with very little or no warning at all. It gives you the constant uneasiness and fear for those living in the area of being swallowed up alive by the earth you’re standing on with no hopes of getting out alive. What makes it really frightening is the unpredictability of where and when it’s going to occur. Still, it’s best to be prepared. Here are some survival tips which might help you avoid or survive should the ground collapse from underneath.
1. Be Informed
Take in all there is to know about sinkholes. How they are formed, causes, effects and future potential dangers to property, livestock and human lives. By learning about these, you will have an expanded knowledge on how to identify, avoid and survive a sinkhole.
2. Prepare A Disaster Survival Bag
Have one with you at arm’s reach in places you frequent the most at home or in the office. It is also advised you have a disaster kit in your vehicle as well. Should you fall in a sinkhole, there are a lot of items in the bag you can use to increase your chances of survival.
3. Hire a Professional
If you’re located in any of the states with a high probability of sinkholes occurrence, it is best you acquire the services of a licensed geologist to do tests in and around your area. They have the proper training, information, and equipment to determine whether or not a sinkhole may occur on your property. It is not a guarantee but then it will be well worth the price for your peace of mind.
4. Better Safe Than Sorry
If you’re situated in a property or plan to purchase one which has a repaired sinkhole, make sure a licensed engineer certified the repair. Gather all the documents and data on the repair. You wouldn’t want to be investing or living in a ticking time bomb, would you?
5. Be On The Lookout
Constantly check for unusual ground and plant depressions in and around your property. These telltale signs are:
- Dying or wilting vegetation in a circular form
- Sagging trees, posts, fences and other objects in your yard
- Cracks on your floor, walls, nearby surfaces, and the pavement
- Cloudy water from nearby wells
Should a sinkhole form in your area, it is strongly advised you move farthest away from the hole as possible. Sinkholes have a tendency to increase in size over time. You wouldn’t want to be standing at the edge when it happens.
7. Call Your Insurance Company
Discuss and determine if your property is covered by your insurance company on sinkholes. Contact geological services and find out if they can help you repair the damage to your property through assistance and guidance.
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There isn’t much you can do, nor is there any agency or method out there which can accurately tell if your property is at risk of a sinkhole, unless by man-made causes. Coordinate with the local state geological survey, county office, and U.S. Geological Survey to find out if the land you live in is strewn with soluble rock. Learn a few more disaster survival skills that might just get you out of a pinch should you fall in a sinkhole.
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