Keep valu­ables close, those in flood-prone ar­eas told

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

PU­TRA­JAYA: Con­cerned that a sec­ond wave of flash floods could hap­pen, the Fire and Res­cue Depart­ment is re­mind­ing peo­ple to keep their im­por­tant be­long­ings close at hand.

Its di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri Wan Mohd Nor Ibrahim sug­gested that valu­ables and other items be kept in a bag that can be brought along if they need to flee or be evac­u­ated.

Sev­eral peo­ple lost their valu­ables and im­por­tant doc­u­ments when sev­eral ar­eas na­tion­wide were badly hit by floods re­cently.

Wan Mohd Nor called on peo­ple in flood-prone ar­eas to stay calm but said they should also be pre­pared for any even­tu­al­ity.

“My ad­vice to fam­i­lies is to col­lect the iden­tity cards, birth cer­tifi­cates, pass­ports, jew­ellery, cash and other im­por­tant items and keep them in a bag.

“If there’s a need to leave the house for a re­lief cen­tre, they can bring the bag along. If this is done, they will have one less headache to deal with later,” he said at a re­cent func­tion.

Wan Mohd Nor also ad­vised any­one af­fected by floods not to bring along too many items if they are evac­u­ated be­cause there are space con­straints at the re­lief cen­tres.

He said the cen­tres would al­ready have the ba­sic items they need.

On man­power to deal with crises dur­ing the mon­soon sea­son, he said more than 12,000 per­son­nel are on standby around the coun­try for any floods or land­slides.

“If the sit­u­a­tion reaches crit­i­cal point, we will de­ploy the per­son­nel who will be work­ing roundthe-clock to as­sist vic­tims,” he said.

The depart­ment has more than 600 boats and 300 lor­ries, as well as four-wheel-drive ve­hi­cles, at the ready.

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