How to survive a flood

How to survive a flood
A Malaysian Volunteer Fire & Rescue Associates member demonstrating how a T shirt and three plastic bottles can be used to secure your baby during a flood.

MALAYSIA - Do you know that a single condom can hold up to 1.5 litre of water?

So what, you might say?

Well, this can actually help save a life in an emergency situation.

Just take a situation where you have to evacuate to higher ground in a hurry because of floods and you do not have a bottle, container or anything with you to store clean water in - well, that's when a condom (an unused one,of course) can come in handy.

Just fill it up with water, then tie its ends up like you would a balloon and there you have it - a balloon-like squishy "container" - to store water.

It might sound a bit weird, maybe even yucky to some but if you really think about it, it's practical.

After all, condoms are durable, which makes sense in desperate times when you need to hold some drinking water - at least until help arrives.

And a packet of condoms is small, light and easy enough to carry around or stick in your pocket as you and your family rush out to evacuate.

This is one unusual but useful tip that the Flood Survival and Drowning Risk Awareness Campaign 2013 shared with members of the public during a recent day-long interactive session at a mall in Cheras to better educate and prepare people for emergency situations and teach them how to use everyday things like condoms, empty mineral bottles, cloth, sand and T-shirts to survive.

Proclaiming to be "the most comprehensive community preparedness for flood and drowning", the campaign was organised by Malaysian Volunteer Fire & Rescue Associates (MVFRA) and supported by a number of private and government agencies.

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