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Floods and flash floods can occur rapidly with little
advance warning, usually as a result of intense rainfall
over a short period of time. What you can do to avoid
being caught in a flood:
for rising water and prepare to move to higher
low-lying areas and washes.
safety barriers near flood water. Many cars and
trucks are swept away by rising water when
drivers go around a barricade.
- Do not
try to drive through a submerged road it
is often too difficult to tell how deep the water
- If your
vehicle stalls in flood waters, act quickly.
Leave the vehicle immediately and move to higher
ground. Most cars and light trucks will begin to
float in as little as two feet of water.
- Once the
water gets deeper, the doors may be
impossible to open.
- Keep children
from playing in or near drains or culverts.
away from streams subject to flash
all flood evacuation warnings.
try to outrun a flash flood on foot.
- Avoid areas
of subject to sudden flooding.
- If you come
upon a flowing stream where water is above your
ankles, STOP! Turn around and go another way. Do
not attempt to drive over a flooded road. the
depth of water is not always obvious.
- The road bed
may be washed out under the water, and you could
be stranded or trapped.
should never play around high water, storm
drains, viaducts, or arroyos.
After The Flood
- If fresh food
has come in contact with flood waters, throw it
- Boil drinking
water before using.
- Wells should
be pumped out and the water tested for purity
before drinking. If in doubt, call your local
public health authority.
necessary medical care at the nearest hospital.
clothing, shelter, and first aid are available
from the Red Cross.
- Do not visit
disaster areas. Your presence might hamper rescue
and other emergency operations.
equipment should be checked and tried before
being returned to service.
flashlights, not lanterns, torches or matches, to
examine buildings. Flammables may be inside.
Report broken utility lines to appropriate
** Remember, the best
way to prevent floods in the Philippines is to stop
polluting! Practice proper disposal of garbage.
Avoid throwing trash in the streets and canals. These
cause the canals to clog up, resulting into floods!
When you hear thunder, lightning is within striking
inside a building or an automobile (not a
- Use the
telephone only in an emergency.
away from windows, doors, stoves, sinks,
IF YOU ARE
- Do not
stand under a natural lightning rod such as a
- Do not
project above the landscape such as standing in
an open field.
- Get out
of and away from open water.
away from motorcycles, golf carts
bicycles & metal fences.
away from anything metal that could
down golf clubs.
- In open
areas, go to a low place such as a
ravine or valley.
- If you are
hopelessly isolated outdoors and your hair begins
to stand on end, lightning is about to strike. Drop
to your knees and bend forward. Put your hands on
your knees, but do not lie flat on the ground -
only your feet and knees should touch the ground.
Enter the season prepared. Inventory boards, tools,
batteries, nonperishable foods, and other emergency
equipment. When your area receives a hurricane warning:
- Moore your
boat securely or evacuate it.
- Protect your
windows with boards, shutters, or tape.
outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
- Fuel your
- Save several
days' water supply.
- Stay at home
if it is sturdy and on high ground.
- Leave mobile
homes for more substantial shelter.
- Stay indoors
during the hurricane.
- Listen to
supplies of special medicines and drugs
- Check radio
and flashlight batteries
- Secure lawn
furniture and other loose material outdoors
- Tape, board,
or shutter windows to prevent shattering
- Wedge sliding
glass doors to prevent lifting from their tracks
valuables to upper floors
- Bring in pets
When the temperature goes up and the humidity is high, we
feel uncomfortable. Everyone is affected differently, and
people used to high heat and humidity will not be as
uncomfortable as those not used to this type of weather.
The elderly and very young are most susceptible to hear
stress. By using this chart, you can get a general idea
of how hot the temperature may feel to you.
Subtract 2° from the
heat index temperature if the wind speed is 11-15 mph and
4° if the wind is between 16 and 20 mph. Blank boxes
represent weather conditions that are highly unlikely, if
You can protect
yourself from heat stress or heat stroke by following
some simple rules in hot, humid weather:
- Dress for
comfort but protect yourself from
clothing is best.
fluids to prevent dehydration even if you are not
drinks are not recommended.
- Get out
of the sun if you feel dizzy and stop sweating.
a cold, moist towel around your neck.
- If these
symptoms persist, seek medical
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