If you live in an area that has had flood problems in the past

In case you are informed about the occurrence of heavy rainfall in your area:

  • Make sure the wells outside your home are not clogged and the gutters are working properly.
  • Limit your movements and avoid working and staying underground.


If you are inside a building

  • Leave underground and move to a safe high point.

If you are outdoors

  • Do not cross a torrent on foot or by car.
  • Stay away from power lines.
  • Leave your car if it has come to a standstill as it may slip or flood.
  • Do not approach landslide-prone areas.


If you are outdoors

  • Stay away from areas that have been flooded or are in danger of flooding again in the next few hours.
    – the flood may have altered the characteristics of familiar areas and the waters may have washed away parts of the road, sidewalks, etc.
    – there are dangers from broken roads, areas with dangerous slopes, mudflows, etc.
    – water may be contaminated if litter, objects and dead animals have been carried away.
  • Be careful not to obstruct rescue teams.
  • Do not approach areas where landslides and rock falls have occurred.
  • Check if your home or workplace is at risk of falling rocks.
  • If you must walk or drive to flooded areas
  • Try to find solid ground.
  • Avoid running water.
  • If you find yourself in front of a flooded road, stop and change direction.
  • Avoid stagnant water. They can be good conductors of electricity as they hide underground cables or leaks from installations.
  • Follow the instructions of the competent authorities faithfully.


Before you begin the recovery process

  • Remember that the dangers of flooding do not subside immediately after the waters recede.
  • Make sure the area where your home or workplace is located is safe and then return to it especially if it has been evacuated.
  • Turn off the power, even if the power has been cut off in your area.
  • Turn off the water supply, in case of damage to the water supply network.

To examine a flooded building

  • Wear closed shoes to avoid injuries from objects or irregularities in the ground that hide the water.
  • Examine walls, doors, stairs, and windows.
  • Examine the electricity, water and sewerage networks.