Disaster Evacuation Tips for Citizens

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Information as of 21 Feb, 2017

In Case of Flood Risk

- In areas where there is a risk of flooding, residents must prepare for evacuation and stock up on sand bags and tubes to prevent water from flooding the house.

- Residents of areas with a high risk of flooding must always keep track of weather changes through radio, TV, or the internet.

- Children and the elderly must stay indoors.

- Stay informed of flood evacuation locations and routes in advance.

- Avoid slopes or areas at risk of mudslide.

- DO NOT walk or drive around in areas you are unfamiliar with or places that are flooded up to your knees.

- Refrain from driving on roads along slopes where rocks and small stones can slide down. Before passing through such an area, look around to make sure it’s safe before proceeding.

- Take careful note of warning signs regarding ponds and pits.

- Since wells can become contaminated, always have drinking water ready at hand.


When Your Home Becomes Flooded

- In the event of sudden flooding, evacuate to higher ground.

- If you have time, bring any items in the front or backyard inside your house and rearrange items within the house accordingly.

- Shut off the electric circuit breaker and close the gas valve.

- Fill the bath tub with water in case the water supply becomes contaminated.

- Be careful not to go near floodwater that has rushed into your home.

- DO NOT walk into flowing water.

- DO NOT drive in flooded areas.

- Take careful note of warning signs regarding ponds and pits.

- After arriving at the designated shelter, inform the authorities of your arrival and follow their directions


After the Flood Subsides

- As the floodwater recedes, stay away from the water. It may be contaminated with oil or other hazardous materials.

- People can be easily swept away by flowing floodwater, even as deep as only 15 centimeters.

- In areas affected by flooding, roads may be washed out and at risk of collapse.

- Stay away from disaster hit regions.

- Use soap to thoroughly wash yourself after exposure to floodwater.

- DO NOT enter the house right away. Make sure to check for the possibility of structural collapse.

- Check if gas and electricity has been turned OFF. You may turn on gas and electricity only after a proper safety inspection has been completed.

- Gas might have leaked and accumulated inside the house, so DO NOT light a match or use a lighter. Open windows and ventilate the house.

- DO NOT consume food or ingredients that have been exposed to contaminated water.

- Use tap water and drinking water ONLY after proper tests to rule out contamination have been completed.