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.
DURING THE FLOOD
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.
AFTER THE FLOOD
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.
WHAT TO DO WITH RECONSTRUCTION OF DAMAGES
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.