Here is an example of preparedness for heavy rain and strong winds.
That is an Early Warning of current weather available on the website of BMKG (The National Agency of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics of Indonesia) today, Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Above events predicted to occur in several provinces in Indonesia. Even yesterday, Tuesday, July 16, 2013 floods hit 12 districts in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi and it was quite paralyzing activities in the capital city of that province.
BMKG early warning on the site is a form of government preparedness addressed to the public so we can prepare ourselves if there will be event of flooding or the other unwanted things.
What should we prepare in our homes if there are early warnings of heavy rain and strong winds as described above?
1. Look around: the inside and outside your home.
- Check if there is a leaking roof, cracked walls or broken windows. If yes then fix it immediately.
- Check if there are clogged at rainwater drains around your home, clean it immediately.
2. Preparing emergency supplies.
- Ensure to have adequate drinking water and food supplies (preferably canned food or biscuits or instant noodles).
- Prepare flashlights, batteries, candles and matches if the power goes out.
- Prepare the necessary medicines.
- Prepare clean clothes, towels, raincoat or the like is needed.
- Prepare enough cash, ID card and securing the important papers or valuables goods.
3. Find out the nearest evacuation place.
4. Meet and interact with the people around us to find out the latest situation.
5. Attend the meeting or evacuation briefing/training if any.
What should we do in our homes in case of flooding?
1. Move items that easily broken into a safe place.
2. Monitor latest situation from television or radio.
3. Try to stay indoors, if the situation is severe enough, wait until help arrived to evacuate, or if forced to go out, please see as mentioned below.
What should we do if there is a process of evacuation or if forced to go out:
1. Ensure the gas/kitchen stove is turned off and power is switched off from the breaker.
2. Lock all doors and windows.
3. Do not touch electrical switches or other sources because of the possibility of shorting.
4. Wear shoes with thick soles if you have to walk.
5. Be careful when walking through the water because there may be a hole or gutter. Whenever possible use a cane or wood to check the depth of water.
6. Do not walk alone, make sure somebody else with you.