Land of Aquatic Splendor
Tips for staying safe during and after the flood
As most of us (Lagosians) already know, the city has recently been hit with long and recurring rainfall which has led to flooding in many places across the city.
Unfortunately, we are still going to experience a lot of rainfall in July as it has an avg. precipitation higher than every other month this year.
Whilst we can’t prevent the rain, we can prepare for it and what it brings (flood). Below are a few essential tips you, your loved ones, and your flatmates can follow to prevent loss of life and property.
Before the flood (Flood Watch or Flood Warning)
- Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor or wrap them with nylon bags. This will help protect them from flood damage.
- Construct barriers (levees, beams, floodwalls) to stop floodwater from entering your home.
- Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
- If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.
- Fill bathtubs, sinks, gallons, buckets, and plastic bottles so that you will have a supply of clean water.
- Listen to radio or use your handheld devices (phone calls, social media, etc)to get flood updates.
- Purchase Umbrellas, Rain boots or shoes and rain coats (for those that still have to go to work or move around).
During and After the flood
- Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.
- If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
- Throw away any food and bottled water that comes/may have come into contact with flood water.
- Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
The initial damage caused by a flood is not the only risk. Standing flood waters can also spread infectious diseases, bring chemical hazards, and cause injuries.
These tips are essential and usable in other affected areas outside Lagos.
From everyone at Muster, be Safe.