Advices for foreign citizens staying in Hungary during a flood emergency situation

If the Hungarian Government declares an emergency situation due to flood risk, you have to do the following. [új bekezdés] Inform yourself before going to the affected areas about traffic and other restrictions.

Do not forget to inform the consular services of your Embassy about your presence in these areas.

Always follow the instructions of the Disaster Management Officers KATASZTRÓFAVÉDELEM) on site.

If you are being evacuated, make sure, that you and your family members are being registered as evacuated persons, leave your contact informations behind in your residence posted, and also give it to the disaster management officers, it will be handled confidentially. If you are being evacuated, your residence area will be guarded by the police, you and your family being hosted at evacuation centers (this can be a school, or other community building) where you and your family members will be taken care of.

General preparation at your residence for the return phase

Following a disaster, there may be power outages that could last for several days. Stock canned foods, dry mixes and other staples that do not require refrigeration, cooking, water or special preparation. It is recommended you purchase commercially bottled water, in order to prepare the safest and most reliable emergency water supply. Keep bottled water in its original container and do not open until you need to use it. Observe the expiration or "use by" date. Store in cool, dark place. Additionally, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off for days or even a week, or longer. Your supplies kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. Turn off power and gas when you leave your residence.

Build an evacuation kit (max. 20kg per person, if possible in a rucksack)

Documents, medicaments and communication equipment

  • Important Family Documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
  • Personal medicaments, infant formula
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with extra batteries, chargers (12V car charger), inverter or solar charger
  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
  • If you have a laptop computer, make sure you will be able to recharge it from 220V, and carry with you USB drives.

Recommended Supplies:

  • Water (As security in the first hours. Generally one person needs 3 liters for drinking)
  • Food, (As security for the first hours. Avoid foods that will make you thirsty.,Choose salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals or high energy low weight products and canned foods with high liquid content, comfort/stress foods are highly recommended)
  • Flashlight or handtorch and extra batteries
  • First Aid kit
  • Infant formula and diapers, if you have an infant
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Can opener for food, mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils

Clothing and Bedding:
Rethink your clothing and bedding supplies to account for growing children and other family changes. One complete change of warm clothing and shoes per person, including:

  • A jacket or coat
  • Long pants
  • A long sleeve shirt
  • Sturdy shoes and slippers
  • A hat
  • A sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

Other basic items

  • Rain gear
  • Cash or traveler's checks, change
  • Paper towels
  • Matches in a waterproof container (ADULTS ONLY)
  • Paper, pencil
  • Personal hygiene items including feminine supplies
  • Disinfectant (ADULTS ONLY)
  • Some kids toy, the best are the card games

If you have any further questions, please submit your email during the office hours (7:30-16h) to: # or call: (06-1) 469-4152.