Tropical Storm Trami: 5 Must-Do Tips To Protect Yourself
By N Mark Castro
Since the Department of Health of the Philippines hasn’t made any educational campaign at this time, let me help them:
- Avoid contact with flood water whenever possible. If you have to walk through flood water only do so while wearing boots that are high enough to protect you from the water.
- Wash your hands with soap and clean, safe water thoroughly and often. If its available, use antibacterial soap. This is especially important when preparing food or eating.
- Don’t drink any water except bottled water until the water supply has been certified safe by public officials. Even after the water supply is declared safe, all water lines to your home must be disinfected. (Any absorbent surfaces or materials in your home that have been in contact with flood water may also contain toxic contaminants, even after they are dry.).
- Stay away from all electrical devices — even if unplugged they may have components that could discharge and shock you. If safe, turn off your main electrical breaker while the power is off so, when it comes back on, you can decide when it is safe to turn it back on in your home.
- Buildings that have been flooded can be very dangerous. Ceilings can fall in, floors give way and the entire structure can collapse without warning. Have your home inspected by a professional and certified safe for you and your family.
Stock up on your waterproof emergency supply cache with:
- Bottled water
- Ready-to-eat foods
- Drinks that don’t require refrigeration
- First aid equipment
- Extra medications
- Rubber boots | heavy shoes
- Dry clothing
- Thermal blankets
- Extra batteries
- Battery-operated radio
- Plastic bags for trash and smaller sealable bags for keeping things dry or just keeping things together
- Small set of essential tools including: a sharp pocket knife, razor-blade knife, adjustable-wrenches, assorted screwdrivers, adjustable pliers and channel-locks, rope, twine and bailing wire, duct tape, electrical tape