Precaution during flashfloods

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe’s Corner

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Director’s Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepED 11 Regional Director Gloria D. Benigno, CESO IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) "I am your team leader, you are my team mates, together, let us work as a team”

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On Holy Thursday, people from Tagum City experienced flashfloods brought by a 4 hour continuous heavy rains that was reportedly reached the level of a month of outpouring, an unprecedented phenomena happened in the fast growing City of Tagum that was my home for a decade until work forced me to transfer here in Davao City.

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Those who were affected by the said unfortunate event that caught many by surprise have flooded social media site Facebook with their status that alarmed their families here in the country, even abroad. Residents and officials who were on vacation during that time festered their relatives with incessant calls asking to update them about the situation. Others even cut short their planned holidays fearing that same incident will happen again knowing our unpredictable weather.

From the number of posts in FB, I got to read one posted by one Arthur Gonzales on what to do if same incident will happen (God forbid) not only in Tagum but in other places here in Davao Region. Here is the full copy of his post. Read on:

Aside from keeping tab on the local emergency numbers, here are some precaution advised by homeland security during and heavy rains:

Stay in higher ground, second floor if you have or evacuate if you must.

Flash floods can happen should waters from mountains and other high places rush to the plains. Be alert and ready your life vest or any floatation devise (whatever you can find at home).

Ready your food supply. Ready to eat instant food in tetra packs, easy to open cans.

Never walk or drive through flooded areas. Even a few inches on the road can cause your vehicle to hydroplane and crash. The power of rushing water can quickly erode and wash out roadways, making them hazardous.

Prepare for power outages. Fill water containers now in case the power goes out and you lose the use of safe running water for drinking or cooking. Power up your cell phones and flashlights now, just in case. Enclose your gadgets in a zip bag especially cellphones and other means of communication.

Stay well away from downed power lines and trees even if if looks like there’s clearance. With current conditions, a tree halfway down can come crashing down without warning. Electricity can travel through water and hurt or kill you.

Beware of high waters: When it floods, rivers, streams and roads may carry harmful bacteria and chemicals.

Keep communicating.

Praying for everyone's safety.

This corner hopes that these tips given to us by Arthur Gonzales will serve as our guide in keeping ourselves safe albeit calamities like flooding hit us.

Stay safe everyone.

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You can access DepED Updates, latest issuances, photos and other relevant information through our website: region11.deped.gov.ph and our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/deped.regionxi. For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, send your email to depedregion11@gmail.com. For queries, complains and other concerns, call DepED Region 11 at (082) 227-9342 or fax to (082) 227-1102 and (082) 221-6147.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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