We have seen every year water inundated in various places on this earth and leave people helpless. Flood has such devastating effects in human life. It can easily destroy trees, roads, bridges etc. and cause irreparable damage. It is important for you to know how to tackle the floods even if you don’t live in a flood affected area. You should know beforehand what is to be done and not to be done before and after the flood. Usually, the flood occurs when there are incessant rain and thunderstorm. It is determined by the intensity of the rain, the geographical distribution, and the nature of the soil and the ground level. Here are a few essential safety precautions for floods that will help you out in any emergency situation.
When you notice that a flood is about to occur
Before the flood, you keep ready all the emergency supplies at hand, and those include food, water, clothes, safety boats, medicine etc. Keep them in a waterproof bag. Keep yourself updated with news about the level of the flood, watch live updates.
Make sure that you have enough supply of clean water at home. Before the flood, fill out every container at home-jars, bottles whatever you have. In the bathroom also fill water in the buckets, bathtubs. Use bleaching powder to clean the water in the bathroom. Anything lying outdoors, be it furniture or others tie them inside of the house or you can shift them to an upper floor.
Never stand in a flood plain, because you do not know when it will be submerged into water. Before the flood, start constructing barriers, for example, floodwalls, beams to prevent water coming to your house. If you have a basement, try sealing walls with waterproofing elements to prevent the danger of seepage. Move to a high-rise area if you see the danger is imminent.
Precautions to be taken after the flood
When the flood comes, never try to walk in the moving water because the current is strong and you may fall. Always keep a stick with you for a better grip in case you need to walk in the water. Do not attempt to touch any electrical fittings if you are drenched or standing amid water.Do not stand under any building submerged in water. After the flood, report the municipality about any damage of sewage system as it pauses serious health risks.
Never try to consume flood water in any circumstance because those are polluted with poisonous materials. Never go to the area where the floodwater has exceeded the normal level. After the flood, the roads in those areas may become weak and can collapse at any time. You can never gauge the strong current of water by seeing it from outside and therefore many people get drowned in water. Fast moving flood water can knock you down while standing.
People hardly realize the depth of water or what lies underneath the ground. When it comes to an evacuation after the flood, always plan in ahead. It is not safe to wait for the water level to go up to a dangerous level.
Driving is risky during flood
Driving is not recommended at all in the flooded area. Take care of your vehicle if you have any and do not park them near the river or any stream of water. After the flood, if you see the water is coming over to your car, leave the vehicle then and there and move to a higher ground. Not many know that about 2 feet of running water can wash away a vehicle.
Returning to normalcy
You should return home only when the authorities will give the nod to come back. After the flood, when you return home, make clean every item lying inside, otherwise, it will cause infection. Remaining mud from the flood water contains dirty sewage and chemicals which are the agents of various diseases. Throw out items which cannot be cleaned with like mattresses, pillows, carpeting, carpet padding, and stuffed toys. Clean the walls, hard-surfaced floors, and many other household surfaces with an antibacterial liquid.
If you live in a flood prone area, get insurance done for your house. Learn how to construct proper protective measures around your home to prevent any damage in future.Thus, after the flood, with a proper planning, you can minimize its effects.
Floods cause tremendous harm to people’s lives in terms of loss of property, money and many other valuable belongings. Remember these safety precautions for floods and you can save your family, near and dear ones when you experience a flood in your life time.