Monday, December 30, 2013

How to prepare for a flood

Floods have become a common, recurring problem in the Philippines, especially in some low-lying areas in Metro Manila. If you regularly experience flooding in your home, from super typhoons and monsoon rains, chances are your home is in a low-lying area. While moving homes and renovating your house structure are great long-term solutions, this may not be available to you at the moment. In the meantime, you should be aware of how to keep you and your family safe during the rainy months. 

Have a complete first aid kit ready at all times.

Listen to the news

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA ) and the media are committed to reporting accurate weather forecasts. Pay attention to these news and weather reports, especially if your home is in a low-lying area. Staying updated will help you assess when it is time to do some flood preparation a day or two ahead. If you don’t watch the news all that often, you may opt to follow PAGASA’s Twitter account on your mobile phone and devices instead.

Stock up on food

Prepare food and water supplies that will last you for three days. Constant rain will not allow floodwater levels to go down, and you might just find yourself stuck at home without a way to buy food and water, even from a nearby convenience store. Avoid this predicament by stocking up ahead of time. Allot one gallon of water per person, per day. Keep to food items that are non-perishable and easy to prepare. Pets should also have their own food and water supply. 

Medicine and sanitation supply

Have a complete first aid kit ready at all times. If you have a medical condition, be sure to stock up on your special medication as well. Secure seven days’ worth of supply to be safe. This also includes hearing aids with extra batteries, canes, eyeglasses and other equipment related to your illness such as an asthma inhaler or syringes. Don’t forget to prepare an ample supply of personal hygiene items too. If you have a baby in your home, be sure to gather baby food, bottles, formula and diapers. 

Devices

Keep your mobile phones close and prepare chargers as well. You should also have the contact numbers of immediate family and emergency centers. If you don’t have a radio on your phone, it’s also a good idea to have a battery-powered radio, so you can keep up to date with news in case of power outages. 

Documents

Keep your important documents and valuable items in a safe and dry place. This may include birth certificates, land titles, insurance policies, car keys and laptops, just to name a few. 

Other items

Other items you may also need during a flood include flashlights, extra batteries compatible with your electronics, rain gear, emergency blankets, extra clothing and multi-purpose tools such as a Swiss army knife. You should also prepare extra cash on hand. - Aislinn Kee 


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