The monsoon season has started in India, which means that many people are already facing trouble due to waterlogging and flooding. As the season continues, it’s possible that a cloud burst or continuous heavy rain could cause the area around your home to flood. If you’re wondering what to do in such a situation, we have a few answers. Here’s a quick guide on what you can do before, during and after a flood to keep yourself, your family and your home as safe as possible.
Before the Monsoons
Waterproof Your Home
If you live in a low-lying area that is prone to flooding, or if you reside in an old construction with water seepage issues, you might be more likely to suffer during heavy rains. Before the monsoon starts, you should check how healthy your home is. Sort out any water seepage issues and apply coatings and sealants that will prevent water from leaking into your house through cracks and crevices.
Raise Your Electrical Outlets and Switches
If you have any electrical outlets and switches that are close to the ground, ask an electrician to move them higher up. This small step can help prevent massive electrical damage if the area around your home gets flooded.
Stock Up on Essentials
Before the monsoons arrive, it’s a good idea to stock up on a few essentials. Make sure you have a couple of boxes of candles and matches in your home. If the electricity is shut off due to flooding, you will still have some heat and light. Keeping a few bottles of packaged drinking water and ready-to-eat food is also a good idea. This way, if you’re locked in your home for a while, you’ll have something to eat and drink. Most importantly, make sure you have a fully stocked First-Aid kit, including bug repellent and antiseptic and antibacterial medicines.
Identify an Exit Strategy
In an extreme situation, you may be asked to evacuate your home. This is especially vital if you live on the ground floor of a building in a low-lying area. If this is the case, speak with neighbours on higher floors. Ask if they have space to accommodate you and your family members if your home starts to flood. Once you’ve identified where to go, make sure all your family members are aware of what your exit strategy is.
During Heavy Rain
Stay Updated on the News
If you’re expecting heavy rain, make sure you keep an eye on the news. If you can, set up an alert for flood warnings in your area. This way, you know what to expect and can be prepared. You can also gather towels and old bedsheets and plug any gaps near your doors and windows. This will help prevent water from entering your home even if the area around your house is completely flooded.
Turn Off Appliances
If it’s starting to get flooded outside your home, you should switch off your electricity and gas. If it is safe to do so, walk around your home and turn off all your switches. Finally, head to your main fuse box and switch the power off. If you have to wade through water to get to any of your outlets, don’t bother. Do whatever you can while staying as safe as possible.
Evacuate If You Must
If the authorities ask you to leave your home, follow your action plan. Grab your most essential documents only and a couple of phones before heading to the safe space you identified earlier. If you have to wade through water at any point, turn around and find another way. Just six inches of moving water is enough to sweep you off your feet.
After the Rain
Head Back Home
Once the rain has subsided, it may be safe for you to go back home. Please only return if the authorities have said it is safe for you to so. If water entered your home, make sure you drain it out. Before you clean up, document the damage that was done due to the rain. This will come in handy while making a claim against your insurance policy.
Clean with Care
The last thing you need to do is clean up your home thoroughly. Make sure you wear protective gear so you don’t come in contact with any bacteria. You should disinfect areas that were in contact with water for a while to avoid the development of mould over time.
Dealing with a flood can be difficult and dangerous. If you find yourself stuck in an area that is flooding up quickly, remember to stay calm. Try and follow these important steps and you should be able to get yourself and your family members to safety. Remember, preparation is key.