Another trip to the big Tesco in Ratchada (Bangkok) today yielded more tuna, chicken, crackers and juice, but eggs were out and so were noodles. The shelves were noticeably bare, and as news came in of flooding at Don Muang, more panic buying ensued.
My area (Sutthisan) is still dry, yet apparently Lad Phrao (just 2 stops away on the MRT) is expecting water tonight. I was in Asoke (Central BKK) yesterday and there wasn't a sniff of water, in fact, BKK has had lovely hot, sunny weather all week, bar one 15-minute outbreak of rain yesterday.
Despite many of us unaffected folk living in denial, the situation is very real, as I'm sure expats living to the the north of Bangkok and many other areas of the country have already experienced.
When I saw that the US have warned its citizens to get out, and that flights are chock-a-block from BKK airport with folks fleeing, my optimism started to wane slightly. The latest announcement is that all 50 BKK regions will be affected. My feeling is most areas will feel some effect, but centrally, I think no more than ankle deep, yet of course, this is mere speculation.
Twitter has been popping off, with lots of web fiends taking the opportunity to drive the fear home, yet there hasn't been much practical advice floating around for expats (no pun intended), so hopefully some people might find this post useful. This evening I decided to start implementing my emergency plan, which I would like to share. If anyone else has any advice, perhaps we could start a comment roll and share useful tips.
My Thailand Flood Survival Guide
1. I stocked up on candles and matches as I figure the electric will have to go off.
2. I filled buckets up with clean water as I figured water might be turned off if things get bad. I can shower, clean my teeth and clean dishes with this water.
3. I now have approximately 10 litres of bottled water for drinking.
4. Stocked up on cans; tuna and mackerel, etc. I have 15 packets of noodles for carbs; dried fruit and nuts at the ready.
5. I figure ATMs could be out of action so I drew out a large enough sum of cash to see me through. Although, money may be pretty useless with no shops open and no way of getting around. However, this could prove useful in bargaining if we get onto rations.
6. I have a torch at the ready should the electric go off at night.
7. I have a spare phone avaliable with a fully charged battery.
8. I am carrying the number of my embassy around, just in case.
9. I live on the 7th floor, which is handy, but if you live on the ground floor, I would rent a cheap apartment for a month on a higher floor and take all your valuable possessions with you.
10. I have sufficient weaponry to ward off any looters…:)
Please feel free to chip in…