Autumn has come, and the seasons of rain and floods have begun in the Arab region. A few days ago, Sudan suffered from a severe flood, which caused the flooding of many Sudanese cities, and material and human losses incurred by the Khartoum government, while Egypt began to raise the level of maximum preparedness for the flood and flood season, after That the warnings reached the strongest that it would be one of the stiffest seasons that Egypt has experienced in the last 20 years.
Memories of the torrential torrents and floods of October 1992, which destroyed dozens of villages, equaled dozens of homes, equaled the face of the earth, and left thousands without a clear indication of what they should have done, and how they could have avoided the tragedy, are still attached to the American Red Cross. To deal with floods and torrential disasters in the Arab region, the guide includes several stages for dealing with before, after and during the flood.
Make the plan before the disaster
As flood warnings begin, make a plan to prepare; Especially if you are in the areas close to the torrent path, and the ones most at risk of flooding, you do not have to leave at the beginning, you just have to prepare for that, and make a contact list with the closest person who is far from the points of presence in the vicinity of the flood, and inform him of the basic information about you, your plan for confrontation, and places Asylum that you may have to stay in temporarily.
You have to prepare with a plan to escape from your home, and the first thing that is included in the plan is to secure exit from the house, and always prepare to put a basic bag for each individual, which includes the most important things he needs to pass the first days of the crisis, whether it is medicine, clothes, tools for work or study.
Remember that you are responsible for protecting the soul of your pet, who considers you to be his family; So there is no way to leave him fighting the waves of the flood alone, you have to secure a place for him if you will not be able to guarantee him in the first days of the crisis.
Preparing the disaster bag
Disaster bag setting includes, largest amount of dry food, preserves, gallons of drinking water per person, essential first aid kit, flashlight, battery-powered radio.
Preparing rain clothes, shoes suitable for long walks in mud and water, and under the rain. We can drive in a few denominations, and a sheet containing the necessary contact information for the closest people and recommended hospitals, in addition to basic data on blood type and the diseases that you suffer from.
What to do during a flood
With warnings about the approaching flood from your area, you must prepare to leave, and determine your destination for the highest area in your village or city that you can resort to.
If you cross a stream with the water above your ankle, stop and take another path, as the water is more than 6 inches above the ground, and it could drop you on the ground.
If you arrive by car to a submerged place, turn around and look for another road, and if the roads flood around you, leave the car and walk on your feet to the highest point nearby.
After the flood … what’s left of the disaster
Go back to the house only if the authorities confirm the end of the flood and the return of safety to the area. Before entering the house, you must check the gas and electrical connections, and make sure of the foundations of the house and the cracks that have fallen as a result of the torrent. If you smell gas, leave the place immediately and call 911.
- If you notice that the power lines are cut, be careful walking in water or puddles, as they will most likely be electrified.
- Eliminate items that have come into contact with the flood, and wear rubber shoes and gloves during the cleaning process.
- Do not use tap water directly, as it is often laden with mud and pollutants washed away by the flood, and wait until the course of water is cleared.