Know the things to avoid if you experience flooding in your area.
In dealing with any natural calamity, it is important to respect the power of nature. Flooding, for example, can happen in gradual fashion or without warning. Keeping calm and planning what to do are important to help keep you safe.
While devastating flooding is not an everyday occurrence, it is still essential to know what to avoid when dealing with such natural disasters. Here are things to avoid in a flooding emergency.
1. Ignoring Evacuation Warnings
Evacuation warnings are there for a reason. Immediately go to higher ground if authorities are advising you to leave your place. Just think how much water is about to find its way out of the canals after continuous heavy rains.
Don’t go back to a flooded home until authorities tell you it’s safe to do so.
2. Driving through Closed Roads
Barriers are there to prevent people from driving through impassable roads. Never ignore signs that tell you a path is inaccessible. Avoid getting swept away out of arrogance and follow the rules in times of emergencies.
3. Calling 911 for Non-Emergency Situations
Don’t call for rescue if you don’t need saving. Emergency numbers are there for people who are dealing with life-threatening situations. Unless you are in danger, don’t add to the overwhelming number of individuals who need real saving in times of emergencies.
4. Wading or Playing in Flood Water
Flood water is dirty and dangerous. You never know what is lurking in waist deep water or how much sewage water or contaminant is present. If you don’t have to, don’t walk into the water to avoid irritations and diseases.
Aside from sewage water and dirt, you might step on sharp objects and debris, which can lead to breaks in the skin—a perfect way for contaminants or microorganisms to enter your bloodstream.
5. Putting Yourself in Danger for Rescuing People
While it’s admirable to try to save people from rising waters, make sure to do it only if you have the right equipment and if it doesn’t put you in danger. Volunteer with the right local agency or authority if you want to help others, so you don’t have to do it on your own. Remember, rescuers don’t need rescuing. Don’t be a statistic for compound tragedy.
6. Driving in Moving Water
If you notice fast moving water even on the streets, immediately get out of the way and look for higher ground. It is an indication for a flash flood. Lose restrictive clothing to help you move faster. Don’t wait inside the vehicle or you could get swept away.
7. Working with any Electrical Equipment
At the first sign of flooding inside the house, wear protective gum boots and gloves to turn off the main switch and avoid electrocution. Don’t work on electrical items while inside a flooded home as this is a recipe for disaster.
Avoid doing all of these things during a flood. Keep calm and prepare for the storm and flooding way ahead of time. Don’t underestimate evacuation warnings and always listen to important announcements from authorities.