Things You Need To Know If Caught In a Flash Flood

With the irregular heavy rainfall, the possibility of a sudden flood is definitely not unimaginable. Such a sudden flood typically occurring due to heavy rains or is called a Flash Flood. Sometimes there is no warning of flash floods and that is why it is important to know what these are and be prepared before they happen.

Not just adults but children too should be aware of such calamities and understand few quick actions that they too, can take before, during and after a flash flood to stay safe and ensure other’s safety.

Here are a few things you should tell your kids and that can be really helpful during such a crisis:

Before the floods

  • Know about your local relief centres and evacuation routes
  • Keep emergency numbers and important information handy, as well as emergency supplies, kits, first aid items. These may include water, canned food, can opener, battery-operated radio, flashlight and protective clothing
  • Roll up and secure electrical appliances, Television, valuable documents, jewellery, etc
  • It is important to plant trees and shrubs in your compound if you stay in a lowland area. This can control erosion and cut down the speed of the flowing water
  • Keep a keen eye outside and on the weather report so that you can stay prepared
  • Do not step out in the rains. If you are already outside while it is raining it is advisable to get back home as quickly as possible

During floods

  • Flash floods occur in a short span of time. With the onset of a flash flood, be very quick, keep safe and ensure that children and elderly are safe by leaving the house to a higher ground
  • Turn off all electrical appliances and stay away from power points or broken power cables. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet
  • Carry emergency supplies and first aid items. Remember to carry drinking water
  • Do not walk through moving water during flash floods. As little as 6 inches of moving water can make you fall

 

After floods

  • Keep electricity off until the house is cleaned up properly. Check every corners of the house to be sure that the house is free of any water borne insects or snakes
  • Flood water is highly contaminated. Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals
  • Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters

 

Flash flood can disrupt livelihood. Many people and animals become homeless. But this will not ruin our love for monsoon and affect us in a bigger way if we are well aware and well prepared to tackle such a situation. While you train your little ones with some safety tips, here’s a beautiful nursery rhyme that will make their monsoon even merrier.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (HD) – Nursery Rhymes | Popular Kids Songs | Shemaroo Kids

Enjoy the soothing lullaby ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. The mother soothes her child to sleep singing the timeless melodious rhyme. She tells her son how the twinkling stars amuse them all the time. The radiance of the star brightens the sky just as a diamond does.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is a classic nursery rhyme. It is the first ever rhyme every kid is taught.

Incy Wincy Spider (HD) – – Nursery Rhymes | Popular Kids Songs | Shemaroo Kids

Incy Wincy spider is here to teach the kids something good in life in a pop rock musical style.
Incy Wincy tried to climb the waterspout but the heavy rain washed him out. Once the rain had stopped the Sun dried him up. He made up his mind to try again and never give up. He made another attempt to climb the spout but the rain fails him again. Finally he found a smart way out and with little hard work he reached the top!
A very strong message is communicated here – Keep trying newer ways till you succeed!

Know About School Lockdown Drill

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A free evolved and developed society comes with a price and we now live in an increasingly violent and dangerous world. Places that were once considered safe havens are a source of potential crisis. Schools are such a place being both vulnerable and symbolic. They house the nation’s future, they symbolise society and the value of education. They are an important component of not only the educational system but also the community at large. We all have a responsibility to protect our schools and everyone there. If a person enters the school campus with the intent of doing harm then the decision and the actions we take in the first minutes can be the difference between life and death for everyone involved. How we react at the first few minutes of the situation can really dictate the next several hours and as well as the distant future. We should educate kids about all safety measures and must impart age appropriate information to them about such incidents.

When it comes to safety in schools today, many schools are not only implementing the fire drills but lock down drills as well. Lockdown drills are also different from evacuation drills. Evacuation drills are designed to prepare students, teachers, administrators, and other people in the school to leave the building quickly and in a pre-planned and organised fashion in the event of danger such as a bomb threat, when conditions outside the building are safer than the conditions inside the building.

School lockdown drills involve teaching children and adults how to barricade themselves in classrooms and hide from an armed and violent intruder. This may be necessary for situations where an evacuation would not be appropriate.

Steps of school Lockdown drills include:

Quietly and quickly enter the nearest classroom whenever there is an announcement about a lockdown emergency. If you are already in a classroom stay put and if you are in the hallway or out of your classroom do not loiter to find your own classroom, instead just walk into any nearest classroom.

Doors to classrooms should be closed and locked by any teacher or a student. Try to close the door without entering the hallway. Do not panic and do not close the door with a loud bang.

Barricade the door quickly with portable furniture. Students should barricade the door from inside by moving classroom furniture like the nearby tables, desks and chairs towards the door. This will create a block for the intruder both physically and mentally. Stack furniture as high as safely possible. Should an intruder get the door opens their vision and paths will limit their desire to enter the room.

Secure the windows and pull down window shades. While the barricade is being put up, another student can just go and close and lock the window to block any view from the outside. Any open window must be closed to prevent any intruder from entering the safe area.

Turn off lights, projectors and monitors in the meanwhile. It is important to know where the light switch is and turn it off immediately without causing any panic.

Stay calm and composed at such moment of crisis. If you panic then you are likely to make a wrong move. Just breathe in and breathe out and stay quiet.

Students should move to the safe area of the classroom without any panic. The place where you hide should be the least visible area of the classroom to any potential outside threat. It is tough to stay quiet and composed in darkness but such an emergency situation demands right actions.

Next, take attendance of the students. Once all the tasks are completed and you are settled down safely inside the classroom one should make a note of all the students who are normally present in the classroom and of those extra students who have entered the room during this emergency.

The red and green sheet is required as an indication. If there is a danger or a threat in the classroom or if you need immediate emergency assistance turn the sheet to the red side and stick it up on the window facing out as your class sign. If your classroom is secured leave your class sign with the green side facing outside.

Never use the phone to make any calls outside. Remain quiet and seated during the lockdown. Do not use the classroom phone unless there is an emergency inside the classroom.

End the Lockdown when you get an all clear signal from the recognisable officials.

Schools these days make it mandatory for students to follow a Lockdown drill. If your school hasn’t performed a lockdown drill yet, we have listed all the safety measures above to help you.  Regardless of whether a lockdown situation occurs because of an intruder, it is important to plan for what happens after the lockdown is initiated.  This is true for schools, and also for hospitals, government and retail locations that have similar plans in place. In order to determine the appropriate course of action and ensure the highest possible level of safety for occupants, first responders require as much information as possible about an emergency. The greater the situational awareness they have, the more effective the response will be. After all, we must hope for the best but prepare for the worst!