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How To Survive A Flood

Wong Shu Lee  

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  December 21, 2021

The recent flood in the Klang Valley is saddening. On the night of last Saturday, 18th December 2021, residents in Shah Alam, especially in Taman Sri Muda, were asking for help all over social media platforms. 

 

Although the rain has stopped since Sunday, the floodwaters in many areas have not fully subsided yet. 

 

Apart from sending food aids to the victims, we think it’s also important for us to review our survival plans in case of disasters and emergencies. 

 

Be sure to gather the following items to ensure your family's safety, basic comfort, and well-being in case of disaster or evacuation. 

 

For Safety

 

 

Ideally, we will move to a safer place when disasters happen. However, we may be stranded at home if the roads are halted. Therefore, if you’re staying in a landed house, consider keeping some life jackets or even an inflatable boat so you can save yourself and your family (especially the kids and elders) from drownings when the floodwaters rise. 

 

Water-Proof Containers

 

 

Waterproof containers are good helpers for you to keep a blanket, important documents, medicines, emergency tools, and some food and clean supply in it when a flood happens. 

 

Disaster Supply Checklist

 

In case your home is all flooded, below is a checklist of items that you should keep in your survival box (preferably a waterproof container). 

 

Cash -- Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods. 

 

Water -- drinking water for two to three days. 

 

Food -- non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, food for infants and the elderly, snack food, non-electric can opener, vitamins, paper plates, plastic utensils. 

 

Blankets, pillows, etc. 

 

Clothing -- including raincoats and rubber boots. 

 

First Aid Kit -- plus medicines, prescription drugs. 

 

Special items -- for babies and the elderly. 

 

Toiletries -- hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizer. 

 

Flashlight and batteries. 

 

Keys. 

 

Important documents – Insurance papers, Medical records, Bank account numbers, Identity cards, Deeds or mortgages, etc. 

 

For Residents in High-rise Condos

 

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For people who stay in high-rise condos and flats or houses in a higher area, we may not worry about being drowned in floods, but may still be stranded at home if the roads nearby are flooded. Besides, power outages and water disruptions may happen too. 

 

Keep in mind that you may not be able to go out to buy food and essentials for a few days when a flood happens. Therefore, it’s important to keep non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices that are enough for at least three days at home. 

 

 

Preparing a complete disaster supply kit may seem challenging, but it is vital to ensure your family’s safety and wellbeing in case of unforeseen disasters. Therefore, let’s get yourself prepared at all times. 

 

At the same time, we would also like to send our warm sympathies to affected families in these disastrous times. Though the floods have washed away so many things out of your life, they cannot wash away the strength and positivity you have. Let us not give up during these challenging times. 

 

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