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How to Survive a Flood

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The Thai flood is undoubtedly the worst flood in years, with more than 50 out of 76 provinces covered by floods and Bangkok, the country’s heart in more ways than one, is red alert.

I know it’s late but here’s some guidelines to help you prepare for the coming flood.

1. Survey your neighborhood/street
If you live within 500 meters to 1km of a major river or drainage pipeline, your place might be in danger. The closer you are to a major water source, the more drastic the preparations will have to be.

(depending on results above)

2. Move belongings to a Safe Hight
Begin by moving you belongs to the second floor of your home, if you live in a single, ground floor house, your belongings should be at least 50 cm above the ground, recommended to be above 1m. The higher the better and as high as possible.

3. Stock up on Food, Water, and Essentials
If you live really near a major waterway, stock-up on mainly canned goods and drinking water, as this is where the flood will be worst, and commute will be impossible. If you have children or infants make sure to stock-up for them as well. Flash lights and batteries, not to forget a Radio to listen to updates in news. As outlet-chargeable flashlights are becoming more and more popular, charge well and conserve usage. You will get only one charge then the power goes out. Recommend battery powered flash lights. Hand generated ones are good either, as they are known to fail after only a few uses. And prepare a first aid of bandages and essential pills like paracetamol and anti-biotics.

Generally, any non-perishable food and drinking water, gas or charcoal for cooking/purifying water for drinking, flashlights, batteries, and a radio.

Floods as last any where from weeks to months, and help will not always be there, so do the math.

4. Communication
Keep all mobile phones charged and topped-up( for prepaid phones), as when the time comes this is really important. If you have more than one phone, use one at a time to maximize usage as power may be cut as well as phone lines. And as mentioned above a radio to keep yourself posted on news as the water rise at any time.

5. Transportation
If your family has a car or motorcycle, park and the nearest parking lot on at least the second flood. Only use public transport until flood is over. If you live really near or in code red area consider a row boat. Stay indoors at all times as there will be all sorts of insects, reptiles, and other nasty stuff in the waters. If your in a code red area, get a boat as rescue will not have enough boats, and you will eventually need to go out for help, supplies, etc,

6. If all else Fails.
Be detached from your belongs and leave your home for the nearest shelter, and LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND. Families have lost loved ones to leaving one behind to look after, so don’t be stupid and worry about you belongings.

Best of luck to anyone in dangerous areas, as for those in need all the best. I hoped this helped.

Hope this covers everything, if I missed anything feel free to leave them in the comments or email me at


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