What is Foold?
A temporary overflow of a normally dry area due to overflow of a body of water, unusual build-up, runoff of surface waters, or abnormal erosion or undermining of shoreline. Floods can also be overflow of mud flow caused by build-up of water underground.
Gramalaya always emphasize on preparedness plan to the communities through Youth Groups and DPMC-Disaster Preparedness and Management Committee. Also Gramalaya outreach activities ensure "a value added Community based participation towards Sustainable alertness with Preparedness"
BEFORE A FLOOD (WHEN FLOODING IS FORECAST)
- Monitor your surroundings.
- Flash floods develop quickly. Do not wait until you see rising water.
Assemble disaster supplies
- Drinking water – Fill clean containers.
- Food that requires no refrigeration or cooking.
- Medications and first aid supplies.
- Clothing, toiletries.
- Battery-powered radio.
- Extra batteries.
- Important documents: insurance papers, medical records, bank account numbers.
Be prepared to evacuate.
- Identify places to go.
- Plan what to do with your pets.
Review your Family Disaster Plan.
- Decide where you will meet if separated.
- Designate a contact person who can be reached if family members get separated. Make sure every family member has the contact information.
Protect your property.
- Move valuables and furniture to higher levels.
- Move hazardous materials (such as paint, oil, pesticides, and cleaning supplies) to higher locations.
- Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch them if you are wet or standing in water.
- Bring outside possessions indoors or tie them down securely.
DURING A FLOOD
Get to high ground – Climb to safety!
- Get out of low areas that may be subject to flooding.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.
Evacuate immediately, if you think you are at risk or are advised to do so!
- Act quickly. Save yourself, not your belongings.
- Move to a safe area before access is cut off by rising water.
- Families should use only one vehicle to avoid getting separated and reduce traffic jams.
- Shut off water, gas, and electrical services before leaving.
- Secure your home: lock all doors and windows.
- If directed to a specific location, go there.
Never try to walk or swim through flowing water.
- If flowing water is above your ankles, STOP! Turn around and go another way.
- If it is moving swiftly, water 6 inches deep can knock you off your feet.
- Be aware that people have been swept away wading through flood waters.
- NEVER allow children to play around high water, storm drains, creeks, or rivers.
- Shut off the electricity at the circuit breakers.If someone falls in or is trapped in flood water:
AFTER A FLOOD
Wait until it is safe to return.
- Monitor Weather Radio or local television and radio stations.
- Do not return to flooded areas until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
- Do not visit disaster areas following a flood. Your presence may hamper urgent emergency response and rescue operations.
- Wear sturdy shoes. The most common injury following a disaster is cut feet.
- Use ONLY battery-powered lighting. Flammable material may be present.
- Look for fire hazards (such as damaged gas lines, flooded electrical circuits, or submerged furnaces).
- Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. If possible turn off the gas at the outside main valve. Call the gas company.
- Report broken utility lines to appropriate authorities.
- Check for electrical system damage (sparks, broken or frayed wires, or the smell of burning insulation). Turn off the electricity at the main circuit breaker if you can reach it without stepping in water.
- Examine walls, floors, doors, windows, and ceilings for risk of collapsing.
- Watch out for animals that might have entered with the floodwaters.
- Let the building air out to remove foul odors or escaping gas.
- Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
- Get professional help.
- Seek necessary medical care. Do not neglect minor wounds or illnesses.
- If the gas has been turned off for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
- Have an electrician check the electrical system and appliances.
- Wells should be pumped out and the water tested for purity before drinking.
Your home is no longer a safe place.
- Throw away medicine, food, or water that had contact with floodwaters (including canned goods).
- If water is of questionable purity, boil drinking water for 10 minutes.
- Restrict children from playing in flooded areas.
- Keep windows and doors open for ventilation.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet.