Civil Defence Education: Flood

BEFORE A FLOOD

  • Obtain information on flooding in your area.
  • Be familiar with the existing flood warning system.
  • Ensure drainage is not obstructed.
  • Check sewage channel and ensure it is properly sealed.
  • Obtain information on evacuation centre and disaster relief centre.

When a Flood is about to Happen

  • Turn on the radio for announcements of the disaster
  • Take in furniture or equipment that is outside the house
  • Keep electrical appliances in a high place
  • Fill clean large containers with fresh water and store in a high place
  • Place important documents in a waterproof container, ready for evacuation
  • Be prepared to turn off electrical switches and the main water and gas supply valves
  • Inform your neighbours and be prepared to evacuate

DURING A FLOOD

Indoors

  • Listen to radio announcements
  • Be prepared with your emergency kit
  • When directed by the authorities to evacuate, do so immediately

Outdoors

  • Head for a high and safe place away from an open area, the river and drains
  • Do not wander around flooded areas, nor approach in a rowing boat
  • Do not come into contact with fallen cables or wires
  • Monitor children so they do not play in flooded areas, the river, drains or mining pools
  • Do not drink flood water

Inside a vehicle

  • Do not press on in a flooded area, turn back
  • Should your vehicle stall and fail to start, get out, lock the vehicle and head for a safe place

During evacuation

  • Evacuate immediately when directed
  • Evacuate early before flood waters rise or during the day when it is less difficult and safer
  • Follow the pre-determined evacuation route as short cuts may be obstructed or dangerous
  • Remember to lock your house

AFTER A FLOOD

  • Listen to radio announcements or await the directions of the authorities, do not return home before being directed so
  • Assist your neighbours or the infirm and disabled
  • Examine your house for any cracks or sediments which may be dangerous
  • Do not enter your house if it is still flooded and beware of hidden dangers (such as snakes, other dangerous material, fallen roof)

When entering your house

  • Wear shoes or slippers
  • Check the walls, floor, doors and windows for defects
  • Check the ceiling and wall plaster which may have cracks and may collapse
  • Look for signs of the presence of poisonous and dangerous animals
  • Remove debris with a piece of wood

Check for hazards

  • Check water or gas pipes which may have cracked or burst
  • Check submerged electrical wires and appliances
  • Check for the presence of flammable liquids which may have flowed into the house (paraffin, petrol, diesel, etc)
  • Dispose of any food that has been submerged or come into contact with flood water including tinned food
  • Check the septic tank for damage to avoid biological hazards
  • Immediately report to the authorities the damages to public utilities (supply of water, gas and electricity)

Reference: Civil Defence Education Material
Edited by: J30697

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