7 Things To Do In A Flood Situation
9th July is a day most residents of the coastal region of Lagos State and some other parts of Nigeria will not forget in a hurry.
It was as if the gods of the ocean had a score to settle with the residents.
The rain that started harmlessly ended up causing a flood that submerged houses, cars, roads, and other properties in areas across the country.
While Lagos suffered no human casualty, about 10 persons were confirmed missing in Suleja, Niger State with two bodies recovered.
No one prays to experience flood but here are 7 tips to act on in case you find yourself in a flood situation.
1) Call Emergency Lines
You are advised to call 767, 112. These are toll free lines set up for emergencies by the Lagos state government. You might just be a call away from saving yourself, your loved ones and property.
2) Switch Off All Electrical Appliances
Water is known to be a very good conductor of electricity. Ensure all electrical appliances are switched off to prevent electrocution or fire outbreak.
3) Take A Stock Of Your Family Members
Flood situation has a way of causing panic and confusion in most affected homes.
To ensure that no one is missing in your household, count your family members and every other person staying with you.
4) Block Toilets, Household Drains, Sinks And Plugs
This is done to prevent sewage backflow.
Backflow from the channels toxify the water which in turn causes health hazard.
5) Move To A Higher Ground
Make sure you move all your family members and any items you can salvage to a higher ground.
6) Avoid Walking Or Driving Through Flood Waters
Turn Around, Don't Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 1 foot of water can sweep your vehicle away.
Get ready to leave the flooded premises if directed by authorities.
Remaining in your home or business during flooding is dangerous and may put your life at risk
If the flood keeps rising and the higher ground you are is becoming unsafe, get ready to leave the spot immediately.