Last week, several parts of the country experienced record-breaking rainy weather. The heavy rains left serious flooding in their wake, especially in Dar es Salaam, where infrastructure was damaged and the main highway from the city to the north of the country was cut off. Following this unfortunate event, the meteorological department has reported that heavy downpours will continue being experienced, beginning 1st November to 3rd November. The situation might get worse. In this regard, it is key to know how to protect your home from flooding.
Block All Possible Entryways of Flood Water
Inspect your home for any possible inlets of water from outside. These can be spaces under doors, cracks on walls, or the spaces in air bricks used on pavements or the side of your house. This will help you manage the floods better and ensure less water gets in.
If your windows let in rainwater, you may want to seal or replace them with waterproof windows.
Watch How Water Flows in Your Home
Your home has areas that are a bit sloppy than others. You can tell by how water flows when you are doing your general cleaning. You can use the same knowledge to determine how you are going to direct flood water safely away from critical areas like the living room or kitchen. If your house is in a steep or sloppy region, you may have to take extra measures to control the flow of water.
Stock Up on Food
Whenever flooding happens, mobility is also affected. You may not be able to walk or drive to your nearest shop for supplies. Ensure you stock up right now for the rainy days ahead. Buy enough food, water, and personal supplies to keep you going. Add a first aid box in case anyone will need medical attention during that time. Note that these supplies should be stored in an area free of flooding or contact with water.
Safeguard Your In-House Electrical Setup
If you fear flood waters may seep into your home, it is important to ensure all electrical components and setups are not in an area that may bring them in direct contact with the water. Ensure all sockets, switches, circuit breakers, and any wiring is in a raised position. In addition to this, all electrical appliances should be stored above the level of the flood waters.
What To Do If Flooding Occurs
Should you be affected directly by floods, there are a couple of measures to take.
- Move to a higher ground as soon as possible. Take only what you will need to survive the floods.
- Should you experience sudden floods while driving, abandon your car immediately and move to higher grounds.
- If your home gets flooded, maintain calm. Start to vacate the house immediately as you move to higher ground. If there is no way out at the moment, try to move higher, like upstairs or the roof of your house until the floods subside. Ensure you have warm clothing like jackets and blankets to protect yourself from the cold or rain. If the roads outside your home are flooded, do not attempt to drive out. Move to higher ground and stay calm until help comes. If the cellular network is working, try and call for help pinning your exact location.
Avoid any flooded bridge with fast-moving water. Floods that are 6 inches high are dangerous to human beings and objects like cars. In case the water is rising fast above your car but not moving, it is best to abandon the car and seek safety.