What to do before, during, and after the flood
VERA Files’ Luis Liwanag made the rounds of Quezon City. Here’s what he saw:
We pray that the number of casualties caused by the current flooding would not increase even as we cope with continuous rains.
I’d like to share notes from the “Disaster Preparedness and First Aid Handbook” produced by the Senate Committee on Climate Change chaired by Sen. Loren Legarda.
When warned of flood, here are the things you should do:
• Watch for rapidly rising flood waters.
• Listen to your radio for emergency and possible evacuation orders or instructions.
• Store drinking water in containers as water service may be interrupted.
• Move household belongings to upper levels.
• Transfer livestock to higher ground.
• If advised to evacuate, do so. Don’t panic. Move to a safe area before access is cut off by floodwaters.
• Turn off the main electricity switch and gas valve. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. Lock your house before evacuating.
During the flood,
• Stay indoors
• Do not attempt to cross rivers or flowing streams where water is above the knee.
• Do not go swimming or boating in swollen rivers.
• Do not drive through flooded areas or streets. Avoid needless trips.
• Stay away from downed power lines.
• Be alert for gas leaks. Use flashlight to inspect for damage.
• Report flooded areas to the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils.
After the flood,
• Re-enter the house with caution using a flashlight, not lanterns or torches. Flammables and dangerous animals like snakes may be inside.
• Be alert for fire hazards like broken electric wires.
• Do not eat food and drink water until they have been checked for contamination.
• Report broken utility lines (electricity, water, gas and telephone) to appropriate agencies/authorities.
• Do not turn on the main switch or use appliances and other equipment until they have been checked by a competent electrician.
• Consult health authorities for immunization requirements.
• Do not go “sight-seeing” in disaster areas. You presence might hamper rescue and other emergency operations.