My Flood Survival Kit: How I prepare for Accra’s Rains and Floods

The rainy days are here in Accra now and we’ve had some heavy downpours already. They usually last till July or even August. But how can one make it through these wet, wet, wet days and nights? flashlightLast Thursday, the rains came down about 5 a.m. and for 16 hours it poured with occasional let-ups.

The sky has been holding rain clouds since then, and the meteorologist has warned there’ll be more thunderstorms or heavy rains and that we should prepare for them. And on Tuesday, we’ve had another six hours of it, from morning until midday.

small radioAlready, some of the city’s residents were very unfortunate that their homes got flooded, right into their bedrooms. That’s terrible experience, and I feel so sorry for them. They are victims of poor urban planning and settlement management.

Now, let’s continue with our conversation on how to prepare for those rainy days. Rains can force us to change our routines. They bring very cold nights and sometimes with electric power Mobile Phoneoutage too. So, how can one prepare for those wet days and nights? I’ve been searching around for rains and flood survival strategies and I’ve discovered some stuff I find quite helpful to me.

I’ve learned that I’ll be better prepared to withstand a heavy rain and probable flood if I have the following items available. I call them my flood survival kit and they are:

  • Flashlight
  • Rechargeable lamp
  • Battery-powered radio (So that I don’t miss any public service announcements)
  • Extra batteries for flashlight lamps and radio
  • Mobile phone with long-lasting battery(I’ve bought a small Nokia C-107)
  • First Aid kit

RaincoatI have decided to keep sufficient supplies of the following items too, just in case the rains come so much that I’m unable to get out into town.

  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Medications (persons on medication must do well to have adequate supplies)
  • Food (Noodles, sardines, biscuits, gari, shittor, etc)
  • Baby supplies (formula, baby food, diapers)
  • Drinking water (1 gallon per person a day)
  • Pet supplies
  • Multi-purpose tool (might become very handy in an emergency)
  • Family and emergency contact information
  • Rain gear (raincoat and rubber boots)
  • Warm Blankets
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra cash (in case the way to the bank or ATM is flooded)
  • Bible

Is there anything more I need to have? What do you think? Feel free to tell us what you think. You can leave a comment on my “flood survival kit”.

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