Hope for the best ,but prepare for the worst.
It is normal to feel a mix of emotions in emergency situations and these emotions should pass with time.People who use the support of family, friends,Mumbaikars are generally found to recover well from stressful situations such as these.
Checklist of Must do things
Secure the place where you are.
Immediately head for higher ground and stay put until help arrives.
If you see fast moving floodwaters, “turn around, don’t drown.” That means avoiding all moving water, even if it seems to be very shallow. Just six inches of fast moving water can trip you up and knock you over.You could hit your head, break a bone, or worse, get swept away into much deeper, faster-moving water
If you have no choice but to walk through water, go where the water is shallow and isn’t moving, then use a sturdy stick to check the depth as you walk, as well the firmness of the ground underneath. Mud and other slick surfaces can also easily topple you over. If you have children with you, carry them and keep them out of the water at all times if possible. As you make your way to higher ground, avoid touching or getting near any electrical equipment since you’re probably wet or standing in water.
It also helps to know what spots are most likely to flood in your area
As you move through the water, float backwards on your back so you can push away from any large debris flowing down the water toward you, and always go over obstacles, never under. Once you’ve got a good grip on something, keep your feet pointed downstream, then yell loudly for help and wave an arm if possible. Johnson says it’s hard for rescue teams to spot people trapped in the water, so anything you can do to make yourself more noticeable is a big help. Don’t give up—keep yelling and waving until you’re rescued
- Listen to your local radio station for updates;
- Check that your neighbours have heard any warnings; and
- Prepare yourself and your property.
- Move garbage containers, chemicals and poisons beyond the reach of the water;
- Secure objects that might float away and cause damage;
- Move stock and equipment to high ground;
- Stack your furniture and other possessions beyond the reach of the water. Place electrical goods on top; and
- Check your car and keep it full of fuel
- In a vehicle
Driving can also be incredibly dangerous during a flash flood. suggest that as little as six inches of water can cause loss of control and possibly stall your vehicle, a foot of water can actually float many vehicles, and two feet of rushing water is enough to carry SUVs and pickup trucks away. Not to mention, it can take as little as a quarter-inch of water to cause hydroplaning if you’re driving fast enough. Slow down and keep your eyes peeled.
Do not ever attempt a water crossing with your vehicle. It will not go well. Besides, you can’t accurately tell how deep water is from inside your vehicle, and you could be driving right into a sinkhole. Turn around and find another route.
If there is no other option at all Follow the tracks of the vehicles in front of you closely.
Atleast that path has been proven to be safe.
If the water comes at your vehicle suddenly and you have no time to get away, you need to get out as quickly as possible. If you’re stuck and the water is rising, unbuckle your seatbelt, roll down your windows, break them with a specialized tool, or kick them out to allow water to flow freely into the vehicle. If you don’t, you won’t be able to open your doors because nearly 2,000 pounds of pressure will be pushing against it. Once water comes in and the pressure equalizes on both sides—which will take less than a minute—you’ll be able to open the car doors or swim out of the window opening. Abandon your car and move to higher ground following the on-foot rules explained above.
If your car is out of fuel/ stranded #Diall100 or 8454999999 or tweet us for free towing till the nearest fuel pump or garage
Secure your Water,Food and Medication.
If you are outside
Stay in touch
Secure your communication.
Phone should be fully charged and Waterproofed.Suggets carrying a powerbank and have the required currency on your phone.
Follow Mumbai Police or these hashtags #MumbaiRains #Rainhosts on Twitter for the latest.r
Helpline Numbers in Mumbai
And if floodwaters have reached your building, do not use your home’s power.
If risking going outside.Travel only in emergency and only to a safer place
If you are able to communicate to them ,ask them to follow the above guidelines.
if not able to communicate ,you can contact Mumbai police or tweet using #mumbairains hashtag mention the last known location,wait for an update.
Help others after,ensuring your safety first.No point adding one more person to the “to be rescued list”
If you have to evacuate
Pack the most important things you need to carry with you.
Food and water,medication,waterproof clothes
Important documents in a waterproof pack.Absolutely essential valuables.
Keep children away from dirty water. Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater as it’s likely to be dirty, carry bacteria, and vulnerable to electric shock.
Keep children clean. Wash children’s hands frequently (always before meals) and ensure they bathe after being exposed to flood waters or flood-damaged areas.
Flood precautions for pregnant women