Monsoon winds blow towards the southwest from April to October and from October to February in the North-East of the country.
Malaysia faces two monsoon winds seasons, the Southwest Monsoon from April to September, and the Northeast Monsoon from October to March.
During these seasons, it is vital for us to take precaution to avoid unwanted incidents.
The best way to avoid lightning, flash floods, and other dangerous conditions is by not being in danger in the first place. Many ways are available to gain weather information including:
- Watching current weather forecasts on TV or the internet
- Listening to weather reports on the radio or check online before going out
- Subscribing to lightning and severe weather notification services
- Scanning the skies 360 degrees around and overhead before leaving a safe location
Disaster Supply Kit Contents
Every family should prepare a family disaster supply kit in the event of severe weather conditions. The disaster supply kit should contain essential items such as food, water, and sturdy clothing to sustain a family for up to three days since electric power, gas and water services may be interrupted.
- Three gallons of water in clean, closed containers for each person and pet
- First aid kit
- A stock of food that requires no cooking or refrigeration
- Portable and working battery-operated radio, flashlights, and extra batteries (Candles and oil lamps are fire hazards)
- Necessary medications
- A backup power source for life support or other medical equipment that requires electricity to function
Flash Flood Safety for Homeowners
- If you live in a flood-prone area have an evacuation plan.
- Store materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber for protection from floodwaters and to make quick repairs after a severe storm.
- Store materials above flood levels.
- Secure wanted objects to prevent them from floating away.
- Learn where to find high ground, which is safe from flooding. In a flash flood seek high ground quickly.
Do’s and Don’ts During Monsoon Season
- Maintain good personal hygiene and eat right.
- Boost your Vitamin C intake, either as a supplement or in a natural state. Doing so will greatly help increase your immunity against cold and flu.
- Contamination of drinking water is common during monsoon; always drink boiled water.
- Keep your body well hydrated by drinking lots of water, because dehydration surprisingly happens during monsoon, owing to the fact that people tend to drink less water.
- Eat moderate quantities of light and warm foods like brown rice and oats; they are easily digestible.
- Vegetables should be boiled properly and food should be cooked well.
- Your laundry must be kept neat and clean.
- Sleep adequately in order to relax physically and mentally.
- Do not eat salads and raw vegetables without a thorough wash, as they carry germs and may cause waterborne diseases.
- Last but not least, insist that your children use a sanitizer every time they get back home from playing in the rain. The effectiveness of this simple precaution cannot be stressed enough.
- Do not picnic or swimming during heavy rain. It is best to avoid dam and river during monsoon season/rainy days. Lightning’s behavior is random, which means it’s hard to tell when a bolt is going to strike down from the skies. Also, you may drown in to the river.