Unready for the Rain: A Silverline’s Story

Port Harcourt City is one of the few cities in Nigeria where rain begins to fall as early as February. Many people usually are relaxed to prepare for the rain until it is April. So was the story of Silverline who was unprepared for the rainy season. One day, she left the office without an umbrella or raincoat, thinking the weather was clear. Suddenly, the sky opened up, and it started raining heavily. Silverline tried to run to her car, but she slipped and fell on the wet pavement, hitting her head.

Her colleagues at work rushed to help her. They immediately called an ambulance. Sadly, Silverline suffered a severe concussion and had to take time off work to recover. Her accident could have been avoided if she had prepared for the rainy season.

To avoid accidents like Silverline’s, it’s important to be prepared for the rainy season in a city such as Port Harcourt which is the heart of the rains. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe at work and at home:

a. Keep an umbrella and raincoat in your car or at your desk. This way, you’re always prepared if the weather changes.
b. appropriate footwear with good grip to prevent slipping on wet surfaces.
c. Be mindful of your surroundings and walk carefully on wet surfaces.
d. If driving, make sure your car is in good condition, and your windshield wipers are working correctly.
e. Be cautious of flash floods and avoid driving through flooded areas.

By being prepared for the rainy season, we can avoid accidents and stay safe both at home and at work. Remember, prevention is better than cure, and a little preparation can go a long way in keeping you safe during the rainy season.