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How to stay safe in Mumbai Rains

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Hope for the best ,but prepare for the worst.


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It is normal to feel a mix of emotions in emergency situations and these emotions should pass with time.People who use the support of family, friends,Mumbaikars are generally found to recover well from stressful situations such as these. 


Checklist of Must do things


Secure the place where you are.

Immediately head for higher ground and stay put until help arrives.

If you see fast moving floodwaters, “turn around, don’t drown.” That means avoiding all moving water, even if it seems to be very shallow. Just six inches of fast moving water can trip you up and knock you over.You could hit your head, break a bone, or worse, get swept away into much deeper, faster-moving water


If you have no choice but to walk through water, go where the water is shallow and isn’t moving, then use a sturdy stick to check the depth as you walk, as well the firmness of the ground underneath. Mud and other slick surfaces can also easily topple you over. If you have children with you, carry them and keep them out of the water at all times if possible. As you make your way to higher ground, avoid touching or getting near any electrical equipment since you’re probably wet or standing in water.

 It also helps to know what spots are most likely to flood in your area


As you move through the water, float backwards on your back so you can push away from any large debris flowing down the water toward you, and always go over obstacles, never under. Once you’ve got a good grip on something, keep your feet pointed downstream, then yell loudly for help and wave an arm if possible. Johnson says it’s hard for rescue teams to spot people trapped in the water, so anything you can do to make yourself more noticeable is a big help. Don’t give up—keep yelling and waving until you’re rescued



  • Listen to your local radio station for updates;
  • Check that your neighbours have heard any warnings; and
  • Prepare yourself and your property.
  • Move garbage containers, chemicals and poisons beyond the reach of the water;
  • Secure objects that might float away and cause damage;
  • Move stock and equipment to high ground;
  • Stack your furniture and other possessions beyond the reach of the water. Place electrical goods on top; and
  • Check your car and keep it full of fuel
  • In a vehicle


Driving can also be incredibly dangerous during a flash flood. suggest that as little as six inches of water can cause loss of control and possibly stall your vehicle, a foot of water can actually float many vehicles, and two feet of rushing water is enough to carry SUVs and pickup trucks away. Not to mention, it can take as little as a quarter-inch of water to cause hydroplaning if you’re driving fast enough. Slow down and keep your eyes peeled.

Do not ever attempt a water crossing with your vehicle. It will not go well. Besides, you can’t accurately tell how deep water is from inside your vehicle, and you could be driving right into a sinkhole. Turn around and find another route. 


If there is no other option at all Follow the tracks of the vehicles in front of you closely.

Atleast that path has been proven to be safe.


How to get out of a flooded car



If the water comes at your vehicle suddenly and you have no time to get away, you need to get out as quickly as possible. If you’re stuck and the water is rising, unbuckle your seatbelt, roll down your windows, break them with a specialized tool, or kick them out to allow water to flow freely into the vehicle. If you don’t, you won’t be able to open your doors because nearly 2,000 pounds of pressure will be pushing against it. Once water comes in and the pressure equalizes on both sides—which will take less than a minute—you’ll be able to open the car doors or swim out of the window opening. Abandon your car and move to higher ground following the on-foot rules explained above.


If your car is out of fuel/ stranded or 8454999999 or tweet us for free towing till the nearest fuel pump or garage



Secure your Water,Food and Medication.



Drinking water

If a ‘boil water’ alert has been issued in your area, observe it strictly to prevent illness. Water for consumption should be brought to a rolling boil and then be allowed to cool and refrigerated in a clean container with a lid. Under no circumstances should water that has not been boiled be consumed until the alert is lifted. Alternatively bottled water may be used.
  • Cooled boiled or bottled water should be used for:
  • Drinking
  • Cooking
  • Washing raw foods (such as seafood or salads)
  • Making ice
  • Cleaning teeth
  • Pet's drinking water
Dishes should be washed in hot soapy water or in a dishwasher. Children should take bottled or cooled boiled water to school.

If you are outside


Stay in touch

Secure your communication.


Phone should be fully charged and Waterproofed.Suggets carrying a powerbank and have the required currency on your phone.

Follow  Mumbai Police or these hashtags #MumbaiRains #Rainhosts  on Twitter for the latest.


Helpline Numbers in Mumbai
Central Railway Control Room: 022-22620173
Western Railway Control Room: 022-23094064
BMC helpline: 1916
WhatsApp Number for traffic updates: 8454999999


Airport Police Helpline
28225709
All India Animal Welfare Association
2223094077
Animal rescue/Walfare
Ambulance Andheri (W) 6255264/3599, 6243675
6255264/3599, 6243675
Ambulance Borivli
9819116599, 9820552493
Ambulance Dadar 4229531, 4229556
4229531, 4229556
Ambulance services
1298
Ambulance Thane
5331552
BMC Disaster Management Cell
22694725
BMC Helpline
1916
BSPCA
2224137518, 24135285, 24135285, 24135434
Animal rescue/Walfare
Central Railway control room
2222620173
Children's helpline
1098
Fire emergency number
101
Fire emergency number (Mumbai)
3085991
Fire emergency number (Thane)
5331600
Fire emergency number (Vashi)
7660101
For accidents on Mumbai-Pune Expressway
9822498224
IDA India
919320056581, 02232681418
Animal rescue/Walfare
Karuna
919819100100
Animal rescue/Walfare
Missing Persons Bureau
22621547
Municial ambulance 3077324
3077324
PAWS
919820161114
Animal rescue/Walfare
Police Control Room Helpline
22620111, 22151855
Police Hotline
100
Railway Emergency
23004000
Senior citizens' helpline
613811111
Traffic Control Room Helpline
24937747, 24937755
Traffic Helpline
25181717
Wester Railway control room
2223094064
Whatsapp for traffic updates
8454999999
Women's helplines
22828862, 26140403


In a building


And if floodwaters have reached your building, do not use your home’s power.


If risking going outside.Travel only in emergency and only to a safer place





Taking care of others 

If you are able to communicate to them ,ask them to follow the above guidelines.
if not able to communicate ,you can contact Mumbai police or tweet using #mumbairains hashtag mention the last known location,wait for an update.

Help others after,ensuring your safety first.No point adding one more person to the "to be rescued list"


If you have to evacuate

Pack the most important things you need to carry with you.
Food and water,medication,waterproof clothes
Important documents in a waterproof pack.Absolutely essential valuables.

Keep children away from dirty water. Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater as it’s likely to be dirty, carry bacteria, and vulnerable to electric shock.

Keep children clean. Wash children's hands frequently (always before meals) and ensure they bathe after being exposed to flood waters or flood-damaged areas.

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