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The Important Do’s And Don’ts In A Flood Situation

February 13, 2017

Floods are one of the most deadly natural disasters that can strike different communities and countries time and time again. Although natural disasters like flood are hard to stop but concrete measures can be taken to stop or eliminate their affects.

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Do’s and don’ts in flood situation:-

During this deadliest calamity people should also be ready to cope with the hard times by following a list of these simples do’s and don’ts.

List of do’s that need to be done:-

  • Elevate the furniture, electric appliances and other valuables on beds and tables.
  • Thrust sand bags in the toilet commodes and cover all the drainage holes in the kitchen or bathrooms, this will help to prevent back flow of sewage
  • Always use lime and bleaching powder to keep the surroundings disinfected
  • Use your food stock and other important non food items sensibly as disaster relief supplies may take a couple of days to reach you
  • Use boiled water for drinking or use chlorine tablets to purify the water
  • After the flood water descends watch out for the broken electric wires
  • When going out beware of the broken poles, damaged bridges, and sharp objects like broken glass on the roads
  • Eat fresh cooked or dry food
  • Usage of mosquito nets and repellents is necessary where mosquitoes are in abundance
  • Your mobile phones should be charged to communicate to your loved ones
  • Keep yourself updated about the weather by listening to news
  • Always keep battery operated torches, lantern and strong ropes in your reach
  • Maintain a first aid box with additional medicines for snake bites, diarrhea and cholera etc if available
  • Always follow the evacuation instructions from the authorities without taking time
  • Before evacuation pack your valuables and important documents in plastic bags so that they don’t get damp
  • Switch off all the gas and power connections before leaving
  • Untie the cattle to make sure they run to safe places

List of don’ts:-

  • Don’t go outside, if you have to make sure you are wearing appropriate boots
  • Never walk in the water without a stick to check the firmness of the ground
  • Don’t do close to the electric poles and fallen electricity wires
  • Don’t let your children and teens hungry for longer periods of time
  • Never let children to play in flood water
  • Don’t go near sewage lines, gutters and main holes.
  • Never drive your vehicle in flood. If the flood water rises around the car leave the car immediately and try to reach a higher ground.

Remember disaster relief supplies may not reach you in time, or it may happen that the things provided may not be in abundance so the affected community has to understand this and should manage their resources accordingly. 

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