Every time there is flooding in the Philippines people die, in reality in the Philippines this is at least 100 people every year. Add to that the damages caused to property and crops yet some things can be prevented.
If it floods every year expect it! – So many things are left to the last minute and unprepared. When its dry and in good weather why not prepare for it. This can be packing a backpack with things you will need such as food and torches to looking at where things may become dangerous. Often this can be trees that are already damaged that could be cut to reduce the risk of them falling on property or blocking roads. Plan your exit if flooding does come and what areas to avoid as waters rise.
Ask for help! – Sounds obvious but is there flood prevention schemes or disaster preparedness schemes ongoing? Where do you go during a crisis? contacting your Barangay captain and local town hall can prepare you for the worst and being able to get things organised quickly meaning you will also be moved to safety faster. Reducing risks. At the same time check if there is a history of flooding in the area and how it can or will affect your property location.
Get good insurance – You will see people talking about how they lost everything in the floods yet having good insurance would have allowed at least the material things to be recovered with financial assistance.
Pack your essential documents – May seem a bit obvious but you will need your documents with you for insurance claims no point leaving them to get destroyed in the flood. At the same time passports and birth certificates as well as any other important documents should also be taken. A typical example of their use could be to receive money from family abroad to help you over the crisis.
Move things in advance – The floods generally come quickly yet most of the time we know they are going to happen days or weeks in advance. Grabbing the furniture from downstairs and storing it upstairs in a house will reduce the risk of a lot of items being lost from ground level.
Plug all traps – We normally have water going out the house from waste etc. but during a flood the water levels rise above that of water traps and you can have the reverse affect happen where flood water will enter the home via things like sinks. Plug all these where possible as you will run the risk of flooding from the sewers otherwise even if your house isn’t directly in the flood path.
Preventative measures – If you know where the floods are likely to pass your home you may be able to build walls or stack sandbags etc. to stop the water entering your property. Checking with your local building codes may allow you to re-route the water away from your property.
Low level walls – If you have a basement seal up the block work using waterproof compounds the same should be done where you expect water to bridge through the home. This will stop water getting through cracks.
Emergency Kit – In these situations having a prepared backpack is always advisable. Wind up radio for keeping you up to date of the situation, canned foods, first aid kit, torch, ground sheets that can double up as an emergency tent as well as any other items you can think of that will be useful in such a situation. Can opener, Swiss army knife, cord, water purifier, mineral water. I won’t write a long list simply because city crisis is different to provincial but also regions differ to what people need. Best advice is sit round as a family or community and discuss a recommended emergency kit.