Things to Do If U Live in A Flood-Prone Zone!
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You must be aware of the many risks that floods bring to livelihoods and property. But you also must be alert about the precautions you need to take if you live in a flood-prone zone.
What is a flood zone?
Flood-prone zones are areas which can become inundated by floods when there is constant heavy rain or any other natural calamities. While there are different levels of floods, it is best to stay prepared at all times!
Precautions to take when UR living in a flood-prone zone
1. Have an evacuation plan handy; this can help keep U and UR family from harm’s way. Figure out how U and UR family can get out of UR apartment or house and do a test of the escape plan!
2. Pack an emergency kit to make sure you have the first-aid to tend to any small wounds, injuries etc. It is also good to pack medicines to ensure you are safe and don’t need to move around during the rains or floods, frantically looking for a pharmacy.
3. If UR due date is nearing, then consider moving to a location which is near to UR hospital. This will help you avoid a long commute in the rain. Also, ensure UR hospital bag is packed with all the essentials required for UR delivery to be as comfortable and safe as possible.
4. Get UR property, valuables and car insured. This is one of the most imperative things to do when UR living in a flood-prone zone, considering you may lose UR property and valuables. You cannot control the weather, but you can definitely control the damage that may be levied on your property and life.
5. Charge UR power bank to ensure UR phone doesn’t run out of battery and is always charged. This will help you stay in touch with emergency health workers, evacuation teams and UR loved ones.
6. Keep some cash with you. During emergencies people usually expect to be paid in cash. This can help you in any situation that you might be facing. It’s sad, but the world indeed runs on money, and many may take advantage of the problem at hand. So, keeping money with you is always a good idea.
7. Pack an emergency bag with clothes, waterproof clothing, food, toiletries, medicines, masks, sanitizers, sanitary pads and other bare necessities which you may need and won’t find during natural disasters.
8. If you live by URself make sure UR in constant touch with someone who lives near you, to ensure they can get you back to safety in case of an emergency.
9. Laminate a list of emergency phone numbers; you should either have these numbers in UR phone or at all times with you.
10. Safeguard UR home by building a barrier around the house with sandbags. This can stop the water from entering into UR home temporarily.
11. If UR staying on a lower level or a basement make it waterproof to protect it from minor floods and compromising the other floors of UR home. Otherwise, UR basement may start flooding before UR house and you may not even know until it’s too late.
12. Find out about emergency services nearest to you which can help you during emergencies, when it is flooding or continuously raining. This is extremely helpful for senior citizens who are living by themselves. Having these services on speed dial on your phone can be helpful in case you get stuck in a flooded location or have trees or electricity obstructing UR way.
13. Keep all UR medical reports and prescriptions handy in an emergency bag, especially any important and recent test results like ultrasounds and any other essential test reports.
14. If U wear contact lenses, it is best to avoid wearing them. Carry a pair of glasses instead to avoid eye infections, contamination, irritation and other unnecessary issues.
15. IF U are anticipating a water shortage, get a few water containers, buckets with secure lids to store clean, uncontaminated water. If the water is contaminated, add chlorine tablets to UR water to make sure the water is safe to use. Polluted water is the breeding ground for mosquitoes, which are carriers of many health issues.
16. Always carry a flashlight, emergency solar-powered lights, which can help you get through the darkness outside or indoors. Opt for emergency lamps which can be charged in cloudy weather or even diffused daylight.
17. Have a plan for UR pet, if UR unsure of UR whereabouts. Also find out if the people you may be living with are comfortable with pets or not. Daycare or pet stays welcome pets during this time but make sure you book in advance to avoid any setbacks. Don’t desert UR animals; they can’t fend for themselves, and they depend on you for everything.