Floods are one of the most dangerous natural disasters which can cause damage to properties and also loss of lives. Flood evacuation is most common in countries that experience a lot of floods and those living on the coastlines. Therefore the most important thing is getting prepared to protect yourself, your family and community. In case you reside in high-risk areas, listen to the local media and follow instructions of the local emergency and transportation officials. Prepare ahead by organizing an emergency evacuation kit with medications, personal items, clothings and important documents.
In case you are evacuated by your local officials they will provide information about the location of a reception center.Register all family members at the reception. This is where you will be provided with a short-term assistance of food, shelter, clothing and medical services.
Preparation for flood evacuation
The amount of time you have depends on the intense of the hazard. In most cases most of them allow no time for people to gather the most basic necessities, therefore, it is advisable to plan ahead. Plan how you will assemble your family and choose destinations which are safe. This helps in avoiding confusion and prevention of injuries or property damage.You should always have a plan of where you will go after an evacuation has been called.
Here are some additional guidelines for evacuation:
- You should leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather
- If you have a car, make sure the tank is full of gas because gas stations may be closed on the day of evacuation.Also due to power outages which might be caused by such disaster.
- You should be familiar with some of the alternate routes in your area for escape in case you get caught unawares.
- You should not take shortcuts since they may be blocked
- You should be aware of road hazards such as washed-out roads, bridges, and downed power lines
- Always take your emergency kit with you
- Keep a flashlight and a portable radio with you to get more information
- Do not forget any necessity since you may not be able to go back once you leave
If you must Evacuate you should do the following:
- Wear layered warm, dry clothing and sturdy shoes
- Secure your home by locking the doors and windows
- You should leave a note to notify others that you have left
- You can call or email you family informing them where you are going
- Do not walk through moving water since you may fall
- Do not drive in flooded areas
- Make sure you shut off the gas, electricity and water
- You should ensure that every family member has a waterproof clothing and footwear
- You should always follow the instructions of the local emergency officials
- Do not leave your pets behind