When returning to a building that has been flooded, which of the following actions should you take?

Possible Answers:

  1. Allow animals such as horses to return immediately for shelter
  2. Spread wet feed or hay outside to dry before feeding it to animals
  3. Air out a building for several minutes before entering
  4. If the power is out, use a match or lantern as a source of light

The Correct Answer:

C. When returning to a building that has been flooded, you should air out a structure for several minutes before entering.

Explanation:

Flood is prevalent in most areas. According to the report, more than 3 lakh people move away from their homes every year due to the flood, and the most affected are the animals.

Animals are at a high risk of drowning and hyperthermia, especially when they don’t have help. It becomes essential for humans to have in-depth knowledge about protecting themselves and their pets during this situation.

As a precautionary measure, people must continuously check the news because there will always be a warning about floods. The main protection action that people should take is to stockpile the emergency building materials like plastic, lumber, sandbags, etc., and always keep their vehicles fueled because they will have to leave the area as soon as the flood hits. In such a situation, you will not get time to go to the gas station, so you don’t even know if the car station would be there or would have already been affected by the flood. Involve your family members in the evacuation plans, and it is also crucial to have several alternate routes to leave the area as soon as possible.

If you are a pet owner, you must keep your pet safe. It may happen that during an emergency, the pet may get aggressive, so it’s better to control them as soon as possible. Ensuring an animal’s vaccination is also essential due to the enhanced aggressiveness during a natural disaster. Hostility in a pet during a natural disaster is expected. It is how their body reacts to environmental hazards.

When the flood is over, ensure that the building is secure whenever you return to the building and that the flight has not affected the building’s strength. If you notice any structural damage in the building, make sure you renovate it before allowing your family members or pet to stay in the house.

Check if there is any sign of wildlife in the place and open the building’s windows and doors. It will help to leave the place and help in clearing out the building’s air that has been closed for several days. To ensure the animal’s safety, consult your veterinarian if you see any signs of aggressiveness in the animal.

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