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6 Ways to Prepare for Flood in Malaysia

by ikalmayang

Despite Malaysia’s strategic location that protects us from natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis, floods are not a rare occurrence. Because of the monsoon season, and inadequate drainage systems, they are expected to occur yearly, with end of the year being critical periods.

Following the devastating landslide to hit Batang Kali just today, and continuous flash floods happening nationwide, citizens must be more vigilant in preparing for the possibility of a disaster. 

Should you find yourself in a flood-prone area, here are some tips that can help you better prepare for what’s to come. 

BEFORE a Flood

  • Prepare an emergency kit. 

Emergency kits should always be prepared beforehand, with essential items such as first aid supplies, non-perishable food & water, extra clothes, money and portable batteries, flashlights, rain gear and warm clothes. It is important to understand that you will most probably be left with no time except to grab the bare essentials – so it’s best to keep them in one place for easier and faster access.

An emergency kit should include but not limited to the following: 


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  • Prepare an evacuation plan. 

It’s important to know what to do as soon as floods happen to avoid unnecessary panic and confusion. If you live in a household with other family members, assign roles to each other for a smoother escape. Floods happen fast, so it’s best to know what to do beforehand. 

DURING a Flood

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  • Stay Updated

TV and radio will be your best friends. Keep yourself alert to news and updates, especially if you are living in flood-prone areas. Be aware that flash flooding can occur – and immediately move to higher ground should it happen.

  • Safety First

Before evacuating, turn off all electrical appliances and switches and avoid using them. Be careful not to tread in moving water, and understand that flash floods especially can come with no warning. Use a stick when walking to suss out the road conditions in front of you and stay away from electrical poles or anywhere that has flowing currents.



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AFTER a Flood

  • Do Not Return

Stay put and do not attempt to return to your house unless given permission by the authorities. Once you’re given the clear, take pictures of your house’s current conditions – especially electrical circuits but be careful to avoid still waters as they might carry electric currents.

  • Offer Help If Capable

Finally, offer assistance to the less-abled or the disabled. Often, senior citizens and families with small children alongside individuals with disabilities might struggle further in stressful conditions. Clean up any dangerous debris carefully, and dispose of all spoiled food and beverages from the area to avoid potential contamination and pests.



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It’s very important to remain vigilant, calm and alert in this whole ordeal. Disasters thrive on panic and disorientation, so please keep yourselves safe and continue looking out for word from authorities and representatives on what safety measures should be taken. 

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