There has been an unprecedented number of countries experiencing extreme flooding recently. Climate change is considered the number one cause of these environmental catastrophes. From China to European countries such as Germany and Belgium, these countries have experienced more flooding calamities than ever before. Wherever you are in the world, the monsoon season will undoubtedly be affecting you.
Even without extreme flooding, monsoon season comes with serious health and safety concerns. The weather can be unpredictable at times, especially during the rainy season. You have to ensure you have no blind spots. Preparation is essential.
Check your area for potential flooding from bodies of water. Know your risk for floods. Visit your local government’s websites to know more about potential safety risks in your area. To protect your assets, get flood insurance. You never know what acts of God can be covered by your insurance. Prepare an emergency kit with materials such as flashlights, rain equipment, extra food and water, medicine, and cleaning supplies. Keep your valuables and important documents sealed in a waterproof container.
Remember to check your house for leaks or for repairs that need to be attended to. Check your electrical wiring to be sure of safety during heavy downpours. Ensure that storm drains near your house are clear and free of debris. Check out mosquito control services. The rainy season will bring more insects such as mosquitoes due to their habitats and increased breeding ground. These insects can bring different types of diseases such as dengue fever. Stock up on your mosquito repellents. Having an emergency plan can’t hurt as well. Remember to charge your phones and power banks in case of power outages.
Heavy Rainfall and Flooding
Remember to listen to your local weather forecasts. Stay one step ahead of potential dangers. When heavy rainfall is imminent and your area is in a high-risk location, start moving your outdoor furniture inside. If instructed, turn off utilities at your main switch. Move your cars to higher ground. Double-check all windows and other potential water leaks. If you are forced to evacuate or are stuck outside, remember to avoid low spots.
When having to walk in the water, use a stick to gauge water depth and the firmness of the ground. There can be some unseen debris as well. Take caution. Avoiding walking in water would be best as it can be a host for bacteria that can lead to viral diseases and fungal infections. Always try to get to higher ground but avoid enclosed spaces that might trap you with rising water. Remember to stay off bridges and moving water. The most important thing to remember is to always remain calm and avoid unnecessary panicking.
Clean up. Check the damage in your house and surroundings. Make sure to wear proper protective equipment when cleaning. Look for mold and debris. Remember to dry all alliances and electrical outlets. Beware of the risk of electrocution. If there are any leaks inside your home, repair them immediately. Pay attention to damp areas inside and outside your home, as these areas will become breeding grounds for insects such as mosquitoes and flies. Check for damaged sewer systems or septic tanks, as these are serious health hazards.
Focus on sanitation and cleaning as soon as possible to avoid various health risks, especially on items that have been stuck in floodwater. Mud after a heavy rainfall may contain sewage and harmful chemicals. Avoid driving immediately after a flood or heavy rainfall as debris might be scattered along the roads. There might also still be a risk when near open water sources and bridges. Floodwater may have already weakened most man-made structures.
Remember to check daily for additional damage that you might have missed. Accumulation of water damage can also happen over time. Mold could develop as well as mosquito infestations. Better to hire professionals if there are severe damages to your home. Look into cleaning services and mosquito control just to be safe.
We cannot deny the changes happening in our environment today. Extreme flooding is just an example of calamities that are starting to occur often around the world. As things stand, we need to remain in a state of constant vigilance. Make sure that you and your home are ready for these changes, as our old system cannot cope with the extreme changes. Hurricanes have rocked different cities, and this should serve as a warning to be prepared. Double-check your preparedness in case of these eventualities.