How to Prepare for a Flood

In light of the recent floods which hit several states across Malaysia, it is important for everyone to always be prepared for any unexpected situation. Today, we will be looking at how to prepare for a flood.

Before

The moment you hear that your area is at risk of experiencing a flood, you should immediately start preparing. Firstly, you should prepare an evacuation plan. Identify the nearest shelter, and map out all exit routes you and your family can take. Don’t forget to brief and discuss this with the people you live with. 

Next, you should identify important documents and items you want to keep safe. If you can’t bring them with you, put them somewhere safe and waterproof if you can.

If you can, cover your car’s exhaust pipe with plastic to prevent water from entering. You should also remove the car battery.

Prepare an emergency supply kit. Remember to include things like:

  • First-aid supplies
  • Non-perishable food
  • A flashlight
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • A survival knife
  • A charged power bank

You should also stay alert and keep track of all the latest news.

During

If you have received warnings that a flood might affect your area, immediately evacuate to a higher, safer area. Try to contact authorities, and make sure that everyone in your house is accounted for. If you have any pets, either bring them with you or make sure they are in a safe area and are able to fend for themselves. As soon as possible, turn off the main power switch, gas, and the main water valve before you leave. Do not try to drive through water. Also do not walk through floodwaters.

After

When the flood has subsided, return home when it is safe to do so to assess the damages and clean up the mess. Make sure to never walk barefooted, as there might be debris or sharp objects under the muddy water. Be careful of any animals such as snakes and even alligators that might have wandered into your home. Also, be aware of electrocution risks, and never touch an open socket.

Our hearts go out to all the victims of the recent floods. Please do whatever you can to help out those affected, as this is the time they need it the most. If you know anyone affected, contact them directly to find out what they need, or contact an NGO you trust. 

 

Sources: Ready.gov, NaFFWS Muar, floodsmart.gov

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