What to do after a Flood

  • Listen to the radio for instructions.


  • When returning home and before you enter the house, be sure that the structure is not in danger of collapsing: 
  1. move about the building slowly
  2. do not touch electrical appliances or fixtures
  3. Open windows and doors to let air circulate. This will help remove foul odours and protect you from escaping gas. It will also help to dry out the house
  4. Take pictures of damage both to the house and its contents for insurance purposes.
  5. Get in touch with insurance company - if house was insured.
  • Begin clean up as soon as possible. Throw out any perishable foods. They may be contaminated.


  • You may need to hose down furniture if mud is lodged on them. Shovel out mud while it is still moist and dry rugs and carpets thoroughly.


  • Make necessary repairs to stop further losses from the elements or from looting.


  • Boil and store drinking water.


  • Keep garbage tightly sealed.


  • Cover and protect food.


  • Prevent mosquito breeding by punching holes in all containers in which water can settle.


  • Keep garbage tightly sealed.


  • Do not walk barefooted outside, during or after a flood. Wear water boots or shoes.


  • Do not go sightseeing in flooded areas.


  • Do not touch loose or dangling electrical wires.


  • Exercise caution when crossing bridges and passes that are near to rivers and streams. Use only recommended routes.


  • Bury all dead animals as soon as possible.


  • Do not go swimming in floodwaters.

Follow evacuation orders carefully. 

further information

To learn more about floods that have affected St. Vincent and the Grenadines please click here.