Floods one of the most common and destructive natural disasters. Over the past few years, India itself has experienced some of the most calamitous floods that destroyed thousands of lives and property worth crores.
So what should one do when flood warnings are sounded? The first and foremost step is to arm oneself with the knowledge about how to exit a potentially hazardous situation. Today, we discuss the many safety tips one can take before, during, and after a flood strikes.
Before the floods
1. Avoid a floodplain
Anyone thinking about building in a floodplain should reconsider this option unless the house is elevated and reinforced. A floodplain, as the name suggests, will get flooded and there will be nothing one can do after the water starts rising.
2. Construct barriers
This is an essential step to follow while preparing for the worst. One should put up barriers such as levees and floodwalls to prevent water from flowing inside a home. Walls in the basement should also be sealed with waterproofing elements.
3. Listen in
One should stay clued into the information being given on the news and the radio. This goes a long way in preparing for an imminent disaster threatening to strike at any time.
4. Know the difference
A flood watch has a different definition from a flood warning. While the former means that a flood is possible, the latter defines the situation that is definitely coming or has already arrived.
5. Stock up
Stocking up essential items – food and medicines – goes a long way in case an evacuation becomes imminent.
One should evacuate if the authorities say so. Before leaving, one should shut all electrical appliances and switch off the mains to prevent a house from being gutted. Also, one should not leave pets behind as they will be affected worse by floods than humans.
During the floods
7. Do not walk in flowing water
One should avoid walking in flowing water. As little as 6 inches of flowing water is enough to make one fall. It’s better to wade through still water. However, if it’s unavoidable, one should carry a stick to check for potholes and uneven ground.
8. Do not drive
One should not drive in flood waters. If the water levels rise, it’s best to abandon one’s car and find higher ground.
9. Do not cross a barricade
Barricades are put to prevent people from crossing into a danger zone. One should pay heed to these signages and barriers and avoid crossing over.
10. Do not touch electrical equipment
Calamity can manifold if one comes in contact with a live electrical equipment. Touching an electrical pole or a wire can prove fatal during floods.
After the floods
11. Check for news reports
It’s important to check news reports for whether it is safe to drink water a flood has receded. During a flood, a municipal water body can get easily compromised.
12. Be aware
One should check for the areas where flood waters have receded because, under the weight of the flood waters, it’s possible for the roads to have weakened.
13. Return home
It is only when the authorities say it’s safe to return home should one do so. One should be careful while entering and look for hidden damages. Flooding can change one’s familiar place – check for any hiding animals, broken floors, flood debris, etc.
14. Clean and disinfect
Once home, one should clean and disinfect everything that got wet by flood water. It’s possible for sewage water to have entered the home during the calamity.
A stressful situation such as flooding can take a big toll on one’s health. One should get a medical check up in case of extreme fatigue and replenish oneself with food and fluids.
These tried and tested safety tips can make one better prepared to face a stressful situation such as flooding. Stay safe, stay healthy!
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