Hurricane Tips - How to Stay Safe during Flooding

We are at the height of the rainy season and where there is rain, there is a chance of flooding. What exactly is flooding? Flooding can be best described as a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. It is one of the most common natural disasters that occurs throughout the world, and especially in countries that experience a Wet Season, such as Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica.

Some instances of flooding can be extremely dangerous due to the volume and force of the flood waters, which are easily capable of sweeping away vehicles, home contents, destroying buildings and even people and livestock.

This week we’ve written some tips on how you can stay safe during flooding:

1. Bring all of your belongings and pets indoors – This includes all furniture, appliances, utensils, and tools that may be around your home. These items can be swept away in strong flood waters and may cause damage to persons or properties that they impact against.

2. Do not drive through flood water – Driving through flood waters may be tempting, particularly if you are in a rush, but this can easily result in stalling of your vehicle, engine damage or even worse as strong flood waters have the power to easily sweep away cars and anyone in it. Avoid this risk by not driving through flood water.

3. Caught in a flood while trapped in your car? – You were unable to drive out of the flood water and your car engine stalled? Abandon your vehicle and climb to higher ground. Many deaths have resulted from choosing to stay and wait in stalled vehicles; your life is more important than your vehicle.

4. Keep monitoring weather patterns – Weather patterns can quickly change for the worse; keep track of the latest weather updates from your Meteorological Office. Should weather patterns become unsafe, evacuate your home and seek shelter at a safer location.

5. Be prepared to evacuate – Mild cases of flooding can worsen in an instant if rainfall is consistent; be prepared to evacuate your home at any time. You should have an emergency kit packed and ready with clothes, medicine, clean drinking water, and food.

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We hope that these tips help to keep you safe during any cases of flooding. Thank you for reading and join us again next week for more!

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