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by bhebotenchantress | Published: Aug 09, 2012



FLOOD AND SAFETY

After the typhoons Sendong and Ondoy, our fellow countrymen, mostly at the metropolis and nearby areas, are again battered by the deadly toll of torrential rains but this time from no typhoon but the mere yet unrelenting monsoon rains. I am pretty sure everyone is tuned in and is aware of the massive loss in properties and lives the rain and flood has caused and how much help is needed. Here is one of our ways to help… awareness and prevention. The following are flood safety tips that we hope you will never need to use but might come in handy. Be safe everyone!

FLOOD SAFETY TIPS

BEFORE A FLOOD
-Find out if you live in a flood-prone area from your local emergency management agency and by finding out the flood history of your area.

-Find out whether your property is above or below flood level.
-Be aware of your community\\\'s warning system for flooding.
-Study flood preparation literature and start putting the information into practice.
-Have an evacuation plan and route. Be sure to practice the evacuation procedures before a true emergency occurs. Find out what the community\\\'s evacuation plan is from the local emergency management agency. This should contain the safest routes to shelters. Make sure that you have several route planned, in case the first and/or second choices are flooded out.

-Have disaster supplies on hand.
            -Flashlights and extra batteries
            -Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries
            -First aid kit and manual
            -Emergency food and water
            -Non-electric can opener
            -Essential medicines
            -Cash and credit cards
            -Sturdy shoes
-If you live in an area that is frequently prone to flooding, stockpile emergency building materials, including plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber nails, hammer and saw, pry bar, shovels, and sandbags.

Develop an emergency communication plan

-Should the family be separated during a flood or flash flood, have a plan to meet up at a designated location, and/or a way to communicate with each other.

-Arrange with an out-of-
town/province relative or friend to serve as a designated contact person, due to it being easier to call long distance than locally after a disaster (down telephone lines or damaged/lost mobile phones). Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.

-Make sure that all family members know how to respond after a flood or flash flood.

-Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.

-Teach children how and when to
the police, fire department, and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.

DURING A FLOOD WATCH
-Listen to local TV and radio stations for the latest storm information.
-Have a battery operated radio available in case of loss of power so that you can continue to monitor the situation.
-Fill bathtubs, sinks, and jugs with clean water in case water becomes contaminated.
-Bring outdoor belongings, such as patio furniture, indoors.
-If time allows move all valuable items from lower floors to higher ones.
-If you are instructed to do so by local authorities, turn off all utilities at the main switch and close the main gas valve.
-Be prepared to evacuate.

DURING A FLOOD

If Indoors:
-Turn on battery-operated radio or television to get the latest emergency information.
-Get your preassembled emergency supplies.
-If told to leave, do so immediately.

If Outdoors:
-Climb to high ground and stay there.
-Avoid walking through any floodwaters. If it is moving swiftly, even water 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet.

If In A Car:
-If you come to a flooded area, turn around and go another way.
-If your car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground. Many deaths have resulted from attempts to move stalled vehicles.

DURING AN EVACUATION
-If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
-Remember that evacuation will be simpler and safer if you do so when you are advised.
-Have a battery operated radio available to listen to further evacuation instructions.
-Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
-Leave early enough to avoid being marooned by flooded roads.

Source:nilesEMA

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