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Disaster Evacuation Tips for Citizens


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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.