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Monday, September 28, 2009

What to do in case of Flooding?

From the Philippine Cinema mailing list:

Preparations we can make

Ondoy is moving out, but has invited another storm in, by the looks of things. People, we're in for the long haul if the worst happens. Ondoy caught us off guard, but we have a small window of time in which to brace for another round of heavy rains.
Here is what we can do:

1) Stock up on candles, battery-operated lamps, canned and dried food and potable drinking water. The rule of thumb is to have enough for at least five days. This is your first stockpile, a lay-away plan for if you get stranded at home and away from help. If you cannot do this, cook what raw food you have in a manner that will preserve the food for a few days without refrigeration: adobo, dry fried and roasted foods are the best for this purpose. Pack these victuals in clean plastic containers as your contingency food. Also have bread and crackers at the ready, as these travel and keep well, too.

2) Always extinguish candles or gas lamps if you are going to sleep. Safety first, at all times.

3) If you have a transistor radio or a radio capable of receiving the AM band, keep it on and listen to it. The earliest warnings from government are broadcast over radio, not TV or the internet. Also keep an eye out on signs from your environment that indicate you need to evacuate, such as rising floods in low areas and small but frequent landslides at higher elevations.

4) Set up a communications system with loved ones and friends by putting their numbers in your speed dial directories for one-touch connectivity. Have pre-arranged meeting places and times if you must leave home.

5) Find out from your local officials or community leaders where the evacuation area closest to you is located and plan the quickest and safest route there in advance. If your community officials haven't planned anything yet, ask them to make plans or make plans with them.

6) Make sure you include any contingencies needed to accommodate infants, small children, the sick, elderly and infirm in community preparations. If you must spearhead the community efforts, do it. There is no time to pass the buck.

7) Pack your bags in case you must evacuate. Pack only the bare essentials, some clothing, dried and canned foods, potable water, medicines you may need and first-aid kits, flashlights and spare batteries, communications devices like laptops, WiFi dongles and mobile phones. Pack your electronics, spare batteries and your medications in zip-lock or sealed plastic bags to protect them from the weather and conserve batteries as much as possible. Try to keep your mobile devices well-charged.

8) Have these survival packs at the ready so you can just pick-up and go, saving you precious time. Nature is not patient when she rages. Bring only what you can carry and organize who in your group brings the items on your list so nobody is bogged down too much.

9) If orders for evacuation are broadcast, do not delay. Instead, grab your contingency bags and go to your pre-arranged evacuation area. Human life is still more important than any possessions, so save your skin first and worry about what you leave behind later.

10) Once you reach your evacuation site, settle yourself and your kin down and find out how you can help those who have yet to arrive.
Here is what you are most likely to need should another round of floods hit:

1) Vital medicines and a first-aid kit.
2) Food (preferably dried, as that is lighter) and potable water
3) Flashlights, matches, candles or lamps
4) Clothing
5) Communications devices
6) umbrellas, raincoats or other rain gear
7) Slippers or other footwear

Anything else is not considered essential and should be left behind if the weight of the pack will hamper your movement.

Remember to be ready to move quickly and decisively when and if you need to. Homes can be rebuilt. Lost lives cannot be restored. Knowing what to do helps cut down the risk posed by a calamity, so please share this to help others prepare.

God bless all of us and keep us safe.

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