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Rain and flood hazards

Guidelines and instructions to prevent the dangers of rain and torrential rain

The Kingdom is located within the dry and semi-arid zone, which is characterized by the lack of rain, its scarcity, its fluctuation in time and place, and its short duration. Vehicles, farms, livestock, etc., where torrential rains and floods at present pose a real danger to lives and public and private property.

Natural hazards occur at different times and places according to the nature of the danger and its geographical location. The severity and impact of these risks vary according to these factors and their differences. Therefore, the necessary measures must be taken to prepare for what may result from it by following the following instructions:

  • Prepare to make the necessary preparations for the risks of rain and torrential rain.
  • Follow up on news, various media, and weather bulletins when alerts or warnings are received about the possibility of heavy rain or torrential rain.
  • Not to go out for walks or take road trips until the weather conditions are over and stable.
  • While grazing livestock, keep away from the valleys or their edges or near dams.
  • Avoid sitting or stopping in the vehicle while traveling in low places or in the stomachs of valleys.
  • View the instructions and instructions of the Civil Defense and the latest developments through the official media and the website of the General Directorate of Civil Defense (www.998.gov.sa) and on their accounts on social media.
  • Keep Calm
  • Listen to the warnings and instructions issued by the official authorities through the various media.
  • When heavy rains fall and warnings are issued of torrential rains that may reach the house (and there is plenty of time), the necessary needs are transported to the predetermined place in the house, and work is done to cut off the electricity to the house.
  • Use sandbags to put them in front of the doors and entrances to the house to prevent the entry of flood-waters, in case the house is located in a low area inundated by rainwater.
  • Ensure that the water is clean before drinking it, and avoid eating food that has been exposed to flood-waters.
  • Do not approach wet electrical wiring, appliances, or light poles.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights.
  • Stay at home and listen to weather forecasts and instructions that show the extent of the danger.
  • Take the initiative to leave the house and vacate it and search for the nearest safe place if the danger of staying at home is confirmed.
  • Shut off energy sources (gas, electricity, water) before leaving the house.
  • Stay away from low places and pools of water (outside the house) and resort to a safe place.
  • Stay away from streams of torrents, valleys, and water pools (while driving) and not risk crossing them.
  • Take precautionary measures when passing from locations close to mountains or mountain roads (obstacles) as much as possible due to the possibility of rocks falling from them or collapsing.
  • Leave the car when it breaks down and take refuge in the nearest safe place.
  • Follow the instructions in the event of an evacuation request by the Civil Defense.
  • Commitment to the safe paths and methods recommended by the official authorities and not to take risks.
  • When grazing livestock, keep away from the valleys or their edges, or near dams.
  • Follow up on news, various media, and weather bulletins to know the end of the weather situation and the disappearance of danger.
  • Stay away from streams of valleys, water pools, and swamps.
  • Helping others in a way that does not pose a threat to life.
  • Help those in need of assistance (drowning or detention) in the proper ways that guarantee your safety and theirs, after requesting assistance from the competent authority.
  • Avoid touching or moving fallen objects and dangling electrical wires.
  • Ensure the safety of electrical wiring and that there is no gas leakage before using it.
  • Disconnect the power supply if a short circuit occurs in an electrical circuit.
  • When seeing any danger, inform the concerned authorities.