How can local communities at the village level work for flood emergency preparedness ?

The community at the village level work for emergency preparedness for flooding through;

  • Identifying and maintaining of safe havens, safe areas and temporary shelters
  • Putting up signs on routes or alternate routes leading to safe shelters
  • Informing the public of the location of safe areas and the shortest routes leading to them
  • Having all important contacts ready: district or provincial and national emergency lines; and having a focal point in the village
  • Making arrangements for the damage and needs assessment team and health team
  • Setting up community volunteer teams for a 24-hour flood watch
  • Improving or keeping communication channels open to disseminate warnings
  • Distributing the information throughout the community

For more information, please refer to “Organizing Community Participation for Flood Management“, Section 2.3. and the “Manual on Community Approach to Flood Management