Discover the instructions to follow before, during and after a flood.
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Stay safe in the event of a flood with this simple tutorial video.
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Prepare for a Flood
In this video, you will learn how to prepare and react when faced with a flood
If you receive an alert from the authorities that a flood is incoming: Keep all your valuables, important documents as well as hazardous and/or toxic substances on an elevated surface, as high up possible.
Prepare your disaster kit and your first aid kit.
Follow authorities' instructions on tv or the radio.
When the flood is imminent:
Close all doors and windows. Seal off all low-down gaps or openings in your home as best as you can using cloth, or adhesive tape for the window frames.
Turn off the gas and electricity supply at the mains
Move to an upper floor if there is one.
During the flooding:
Listen to the radio to keep abreast of the latest developments concerning the current situation, and to follow additional advice.
Do not go out unless instructed to do so by authorities.
If for some reason you have to go leave your home, inform your friends and family of your departure and where it is you are going to.
Never attempt to cross a flooded area, whether you are on foot or in a car.
Stay away from any electrical power lines which have fallen to the ground.
Do not wait until the last moment to evacuate if ordered to do so.
If you need to drink , make sure the water in question is potable
If the flooding is sudden and you were not alerted:
Watch out for any messages from authorities, either via radio, mobile phones or warning sirens.
Get to an elevated point away from the water.
Signal your location if you are isolated.
Do not go and collect your children from school. They are taken care of by teachers who are trained for such events
If you are outdoors, keep away from rivers, rapids or any other body of water.
Get to safety at an elevated point.
Remember, cars are not adequate shelters.
Here are a few prevention tips:
Get informed of the risks in your area and of the related safety measures.
Check whether your house is in a flood prone area.
If you live in an area prone to flooding:
Keep your important documents, valuables and hazardous products as high as possible.
Keep a copy of important documents at a close one's place or make use of a digital filing services.
Keep all electric plugs elevated.
If you have children, find out about the measures in place to care for your children in case of a flood during school hours.
If you have are differently-abled, inform the emergency services.
Whichever the case, stick to the security instructions from local authorities