For the past few days, the Philippines especially major cities in the metro were submerged in flood waters which mainly caused by Habagat.
Flood waters could rise fast in minutes, and it’s best that you are prepared and have an emergency kit ready in these kinds of situations.
Here are some tips that would help you react in situations when flood waters start rising:
EARLY PREPARATION, BEFORE THE FLOOD
- Always listen to the news, it could help you be updated and gain information regarding the flood.
- Prepare an emergency kit which includes food and water that would be sufficient for a few days, also include flashlights, medications, and a first aid kit.
- When there is an advisory from the local government to evacuate, do so and if time still permits, make sure to switch off the main power of your house and disconnect electrical appliances.
- In case flood waters starts rising, immediately evacuate to higher ground.
DURING THE FLOOD
- As much as possible, do not walk in flood waters, a strong current could make you lose your balance and fall.
- When walking in water, walk slowly and slide your feet to check for possible manholes or anything that could compromise safety.
- When driving, make sure that the vehicle can pass thru flood waters but when the flash flood occurs, go to higher ground if possible but if not, abandon the car and walk towards safety.
AFTER THE FLOOD
- Listen to updates if it would already be safe to go back to your home.
- As much as possible, stay indoors until flood waters subside.
- Avoid floodwaters since it may already contain chemicals that are hazardous to the health.
- Avoid power lines that possibly affected by the flood, report it to local officials or directly to the power supply company.
Always be prepared, alert, and safe. Coordinate with every member of the family on how to react during these kinds of situations. Make sure to also have your emergency numbers ready and cell phones fully charged.