Being Safe During Heavy Rains Who doesn’t love the smell of the earth when it rains? Who doesn’t love the abundance of flowers in the garden, or the taste of momos when it’s freezing cold outside? There are so many reasons to love the rain, but it does come with unpleasant surprises.
If you’re planning to travel, or even just step into the great outdoors for a while, here are some safety precautions to follow:
Preparing For And Staying Safe During Heavy Rainfall
1. Rain Gear
Nothing is more uncomfortable and unsafe than walking around in adverse conditions without an umbrella, at the least. Thankfully now, we have quality gear to tackle the gloomy clouds that bring torrential rains.
Depending on the intensity of rainfall and the situation, you can go with one of the following garments – Rain jacket, raincoat, rain poncho, rain pants, or a rain suit.
If you’re going on a trek, it is important to carry a waterproof backpack or rucksack, or if your bag is just water resistant, you would definitely need a rain cover for it.
It goes without saying that you must carry a small, portable umbrella in your bag at all times!
2. Destination Check
While it is great to travel during monsoon, it is important to do a review of the place that you’re visiting, to make sure you aren’t staying in a vulnerable disaster spot.
Proper research and planning the destination for your monsoon travel is the primary way to prepare for and stay safe during heavy rainfall.
Places like Orissa, Chennai, and Mumbai are prone to floods and this is probably the most undesirable time to travel here.
3. Take Care Of Your Health
The most important thing to carry anywhere you go is a first-aid pouch with band aids and an anti-septic in case you slip and hurt yourself, and a mosquito repellent as stagnant water serves as the primary breeding ground for mosquitoes and insects during this time, causing dengue or malaria.
4. Avoid Driving During Heavy Rainfall
Road accidents are very common during the rainy season so it is important to be extra cautious. The roads can get really slippery so it advisable to avoid driving at this time, at much as possible. If you absolutely have to, it’s best to drive extremely slowly with your headlights on. Don’t forget to check your brakes, tires, and wipers before starting the vehicle.
How To Prepare For An Emergency Heavy Rainfall
A little preparation and a few precautionary measures can go a long way in making sure your house stays in shape and you stay safe. Here are some ways in which you can stay safe during heavy rain at home:
1. Get your storm drains and roof inspected to make sure it is clean and in a good condition before the rainy season itself. It is best to seek professional help to unclog drains.
Similarly, if the gutter near your house is blocked, contact the public work’s department to fix the issue.
2. Get an indoor inspection done for any roof leaks and make necessary repairs instantly if you have to.
3. Seal the doors and windows completely to avoid chances of seepage.
4. Stay away from electrical points as much as possible – Try to use a surge protector for all the appliances to prevent them from shorting out.
5. Prepare yourself for the possible event of a flood.
Staying Safe During Heavy Rainfall
Heavy rainfalls can lead to flash floods. And, a flash flood can be quite deadly. How do you embrace this challenge the right way?
1. Houses can get deluged with water so during this time, it is the best move to higher floor if you’re outside or in a ground-floor apartment.
2. Much before heavy rainfall is on the radar, you will need to plan routes to evacuate your home.
3. Make sure you have an emergency waterproof bag with all your important documents, food supplies, a flashlight with batteries, cash, a first-aid kit, and extra clothing.
Being Safe During Heavy Rain When You’re On A Trek
The concept of trekking during the monsoon season also has some strong proponents despite its risks. They say, as long as you’re well prepared there is no such thing as bad weather. However, hiking in the rain is more than just about having the right gear.
1. Carry breathable, but completely waterproof and protective clothing –
2. Most important - you should wear high-ankle, waterproof trekking boots with grip that will never let you slip but comfortably let your feet breathe.
3. The water can cause allergies or fungal infections, and mosquito-borne diseases so pack a full-fledged medical kit.
4. The trail might get too slippery, so if possible, choose an alternate suitable terrain with gradual inclines and no gravel.
5. Carry a waterproof
or a bag with a rain cover to store all your essentials – Don’t hike without a flashlight.
6. During a thunderstorm, avoid stopping at the peak or seeking shelter under a tree. Move away from any water body, and crouch down. Stay in a group, don’t wander away.
7. Stay positive.
What Should You Do After A Heavy Rainfall
While it is extremely important to take precautionary measures to avoid damage due to heavy rain, it could still be inevitable; nature has its own ways.
Here are 4 things to do after a heavy rain:
Check If Your Sump Pump Is Working
Your sump pump gets filled after a heavy rain because your gutters would be clogged or overflowing, and the pump could be working overtime. Do a test to ensure that it is working effectively.
Check To See If Your Plants Have A Root Flare
Rainfall and floods can cause landslides and mud or debris to expose plant roots and hinder their growth. Make sure to check your garden and cover it up.
Check For Water Seepage In The House
Crawlspaces, attic, and the basement can be filled with water if it has rained heavily. Detect it early so you can clear it efficiently.
Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Grounds
Rainwater shouldn’t be allowed to pool in containers, tanks as they make it a breeding site. Get rid of any buckets or open boxes from your garden.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What are the safety precautions you have to take during the rainy season?
· Wear waterproof, good-quality footwear when you step out
· Always carry a medical kit
· Avoid street food
· Carry a raincoat, rain jacket, or poncho
· Keep a tab on the weather forecast
· Drink boiled water
2. How do people stay safe in stormy weather?
· Check the weather forecast before heading out
· Do not drive during heavy rains
· Wear protective rain gear
· Stay away from electronic appliances
· Get your house inspected beforehand for any chances of a leakage
3. Why must we be careful on a rainy day?
Rainfall means the roads are slippery, there is low visibility, there are chances of getting an electric shock, and the rainwater can cause air borne and water-borne diseases, so it is important to be extremely careful on a rainy day.
4. What not to do during rainy days
· Avoid heading out when it is raining heavily
· Do not drive or ride
· Avoid going swimming or indulging in any water sports
· Do not leave any appliances turned on
· Do not go out without an umbrella and good quality rainwear.