Some areas may experience regular flooding. Other areas may suffer unexpected flooding if, for example, a dam wall collapses, a water main pipe breaks or a cyclone strikes.
- People should be aware of easy escape routes to higher ground and know how to reach emergency shelters. Residents should try to obtain plastic sheeting and timber in order to protect their property.
- When a flood warning is given, people should put out fires and stoves and turn off all water, gas and electricity supplies. They should move their valuable papers, clothes and possessions onto a roof or to higher ground if possible, before leaving. Seed can be wrapped in plastic bags or sealed clay pots and buried. People should not try to swim to safety as they may be swept away. People should listen to radios for emergency instructions.
- Floodwaters are usually contaminated with sewage and the dead bodies of animals. After flooding, all exposed food should be thrown away to prevent the spread of disease.