What to do during a flood (Joash Chan Wye Kin)

Flood can be a major disaster in some countries. For those who stay in countries which often face floods, you must learn what to do before, during and after the flood.

Before:

  • Make a personal flood plan.
  • Always check the flood risk and weather forecast.
  • Check road travel information before making a journey.
  • Fill containers with clean water.
  • Prepare a flood kit and keep it somewhere convenient for you to take when a flood comes.
  • Move important documents and valuables to a higher ground or keep them in a bag so it is convenient for you to bring it with you.
  • Fit flood protection products such as flood boards, airbrick covers, sandbags, and toilet bungs on downstairs toilet.

During:

  • Avoid walking through flood water: 6 inches of fast flowing water can knock over an adult and 2 feet water can move a car.
  • Be aware of opened manhole covers as flood water may cause them to come off.
  • Avoid crossing bridges when the water levels are high.
  • Look out for hazards along the road.
  • Call 999 if you are in danger or injured.
  • If you are trapped indoor, move upstairs or to a higher place with means of escape.
  • Keep calm.

After:

  • Follow the advice of emergency services if they tell you to evacuate.
  • Get clothing, medication and baby care items.
  • Tell someone if you want to stay with friends or relatives instead of the evacuation centre.

Source: http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/114720.aspx

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