International and US Flooding Calls for Better Training for All



The floods of 2013 covered the earth and brought destruction and devastation to thousands. From the Philippines, to Colorado, and back around the world to China and Russia too many people were affected by flooding disasters.  This is a unifying experience across nations by which people of different countries and languages can relate to the feeling of loss and recovery.  The news of these disasters has been prominent online and elsewhere and has caught our attention along with the rest of the world.


The severe floods in Colorado brought word of many rescue missions.  Many of the attempted rescues were met with hugs and relief as the victims were brought to safety.  A North Metro Fire and Rescue crew was one such rescue team.  The crew was on scene for a multiple submerged vehicle creek rescue where a bridge had been washed away.  Rock Creek was overflowing with the rushing flood water and three vehicles were submerged near the bridge washout.  The speed and efficiency of the rescue crew was the main contributing factor to the successful rescues of two victims.  It’s remarkable what skilled rescuers can do in a short period of time.  Their prior flood and swiftwater training proved their greatest asset in a time critical rescue scenario.

Haiyan Aerial photo

The relentless power of typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines in October struck so quickly that many, even rescuers, were not able to escape to safety.  The Washington Post wrote an article after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines recounting the damage and death toll of the storm.  Along with the details of the storm and how the country is handling the disaster recovery the writer shares a perspective that left the Philippines vulnerable to the storm.  Unfortunately not every country has the resources to prepare for natural disasters and the trail of wreckage left behind.

As we bring the Awareness Swiftwater & Flood Online Certification Course to training and rescue organizations and disaster relief managers, we are aware of the impact that this flood knowledge can have on any and everyone.  The Awareness Course is full of foundational swiftwater and flood information that has the potential to educate rescuers and future victims alike.  We believe this course can be an invaluable resource and create a population of people better prepared for flooding at all levels.

Imagine if every fireman, police officer, EMT, emergency management, search and rescue personnel, or even government official was trained to the awareness level for flood and swiftwater rescue?

  • One – there would be an overwhelming mitigation of risk, injury and death for personnel that find themselves in a first responder situation.  And, during a flash flood or during early flood stages there is no doubt that first responders are often not trained in swiftwater or flood rescue.
  • Two – the first responder population trained to evaluate, communicate and support flood rescue would increase by about 100x.
  • Three – we would finally catch up with basic essential training for water emergencies.  Flood and Swiftwater Awareness might finally go in the category of essential training along side basic first-aid, CPR, AED, etc.

We think it can be done easily and cost effectively.  Learn More


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