Preparing for Storms, Floods, and Other Emergencies

Water gives life, but it also takes away. Throughout history, countless floods and other natural calamities have claimed the lives of millions of people. While technology has advanced to the point that typhoon predictions have become accurate right to the exact minute where the storm would make landfall, there is not tool to prevent the loss of life property other than being prepared.

When calamities strike, saving life becomes the topmost priority. This is the advice that rescue workers and disaster management experts stress. If there’s very little time left to evacuate your belongings or possessions – leave them. The important thing is to be able to get to higher ground or a safe location so you and your loved ones can be safe from the storm or floodwaters.

Heed the Warnings Early

rescueIn most cases, disaster management personnel are able to give fair warning to residents. If there’s a storm or typhoon coming, they are able to let the public know days in advance. Likewise, they already identify the areas which will be directly affected. These residents are informed and warned to evacuate and leave for safer places well ahead of time. Aside from being warned to physically relocate, they are also asked to prepare emergency kits and bring provisions for a few days. Clothing, blankets, medicine and water are considered as the top priority items to bring. If there’s time and you have somewhere else to go, that’s the only time you should consider packing other valuables like computers, jewelry, and others.

The thing is, if you bring these with you when the floods have already arrived, they will just get damaged and lost. Better to just secure yourself and your loved ones in cases of emergency. Remember that material possessions, no matter how important they may be to you, are just temporary. Even if you are very attached to your guitar, you need to leave it and save yourself during times of crisis. You can always look for a new one, or try to find the exact same model at musical instruments Adelaide.

What to Do During Emergencies

During emergencies, such as a storm surge or a tsunami, which cannot be predicted ahead of time, experts advice people to go to the second floor or roofs of their houses. When life boats cannot be dispatched, rescue officials do send helicopters to rescue people who are on the roofs of their homes. Some even resort to climbing trees, which is a very dangerous thing to do.

Rescue efforts in emergency situations are done 24/7. If you can secure a flashlight, it can help rescuers find you much faster.

Volunteer and Help 

After the floods, it is also important to offer assistance to those who have been displaced. If you are able to go back to your home immediately, you can share some blankets, clothes and food to others who have to stay in evacuation areas. If you have medical training, this would be really helpful since you can help check on women and the elderly who may need some treatment after being exposed to floodwaters.

It is during emergency situations that people count on others the most. So do your share to help those in need.