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13 Essentials To Add To Your Mitigation & Survival Kit In Case Of Flood

Due to the oncoming monsoon season, it's best to be prepared for the worst.

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In recent years, there has been an upsurge in flash floods resulting in the loss of people's lives, displacement from their homes, and property damages

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In a New Straits Times report, Malaysian Meteorological Department (METMalaysia) stated that floods are to be expected at a large scale by mid-November due to the impending northeast monsoon. 

The monsoon will begin at the end of this month and last until mid-November. "Flash floods are highly likely in low-lying areas on the west coast of the Peninsular," said METMalaysia's director-general Muhammad Helmi Abdullah.

Therefore, it's best for us to prepare for the worst in case of emergencies and look at ways we can prevent or decrease damages when disaster hits.

To prepare for possible disasters, here are 13 things you will need in case of a flood:

1. Life jacket | RM22.90 - RM33.90

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Life jackets are very useful during floods, as it helps you prevent from drowning, especially in fast currents. These life jackets are available for both adults and children.

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2. Anti-flood car bag | RM245.10 - RM315

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Over 50,000 cars were damaged from the floods in 2021, according to a report by Utusan Malaysia. Therefore, the best course of action is to prepare with this anti-flood car bag to prevent our cars from getting damaged by floodwaters.

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3. Plastic bag for furniture coverage | RM10.59 - RM17.79

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The last thing we want is for our furniture to get damaged, as cleaning costs can be super pricey. (If they can even be cleaned at all.)

Getting plastic covers for our furniture helps in preventing damages and allows us to focus on the cleaning the structures of the houses.

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4. Flood control canvas sandbag | RM3.15 - RM6.46

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To prevent floodwaters from entering our homes, it's good to get these canvas sandbags to deter the flow of water. These canvas bags are waterproof, durable, and wear-resistant, so they'll be useful for creating barriers from the oncoming flood.

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5. Inflatable boat | RM196

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In 2021, many flood victims were unable to get help, as rescue boats took a long time to be dispatched, as reported by New Straits Times. These inflatable boats will help ease us in reaching safety. 

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6. Air mattress | RM34.79 - RM80.79

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For a cheaper but just as effective alternative, you can also get these inflatable air mattresses. They're able to float just as well as an inflatable boat.

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7. Thermal blanket | RM1.90

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The nights during a flood disaster can be cold, especially if you're soaking wet from wading through the floods. These thermal blankets are convenient in keeping you warm and preventing from cases of hypothermia. 

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8. Rain coat | RM2.99 - RM4.90

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These rain coats will help protect you from the rain. They're lightweight, breathable, and you'll also be able to wear your bagpack in them.

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9. Waterproof flashlight | RM4.30 - RM25.70

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These flashlights will help you navigate through the floods, as they are bright and waterproof. 

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10. Survival kit | RM89.90

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This super practical survival kit bag has over 30 items that can help you in disaster situations. Some of the items included in this kit are bandages, a flashlight, a tactical knife, and an emergency package.

You can get it here.

11. Solar-powered power bank | RM17.85 - RM94.95

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To keep our phone batteries charged in the event of a blackout, these power banks are essential, as they are rechargeable by solar power. 

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12. Dry bag | RM7.50 - RM23.99

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These dry bags are helpful in keeping your valuable items, like smartphones, power banks, and other electronics, dry.

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13. Water shoes | RM19.80

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These slip-on shoes are specially made for trudging through water. They're comfortable and lightweight, making them suitable for situations where you need to traverse through water.

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To help you plan and prepare for the possibility of floods, here are some tips and suggestions:

If your car has been affected by floods, find out how to claim insurance for the damages:

However, we believe that the responsibility of flood prevention shouldn't fall on the rakyat, as there are ways that the government can stop flooding from happening constantly in Malaysia: