Cyclone: Do’s & Don’t for Your Home
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Here’s a full list of cyclone do’s and don’ts to keep you and your loved ones safe from the storm.
01. If your house is around a low-lying beach area, it may get swept due to high tides or storm waves. Make sure you vacate the area before your way to a high ground gets flooded.
02. Check the surroundings of the house. Remove dead or dying trees. Anchor or get rid of objects like loose bricks, garbage cans, sign-boards, or loose zinc sheets.
03. Keep some wooden boards or asbestos/cement sheet ready so that glass windows can be boarded. If you do not have wooden boards or asbestos/cement sheets, paste paper strips on glasses to prevent splinters from flying into the house.
04. Keep a hurricane lantern handy and make sure it’s filled with fuel (kerosene). Also, keep a flashlight loaded with dry cells handy.
05. Prepare and store an emergency kit in a safe place. The kit should contain –
a) A portable radio (battery operated), torch and spare batteries (i.e. AA or AAA as per requirements)
b) A first aid kit and manual, masking tape for windows, and waterproof bags.
c) Matchboxes, fuel lamp, portable stove, cooking gear, and eating utensils
d) Make provisions for children and adults requiring special diets.
e) Get extra food, especially dried or canned food and a can opener; also, make provision for items which can be eaten without cooking or need very little preparation. Store drinking water in a suitably-covered vessel.
06. Keep all your doors and windows shut so that the strong winds do not create suction in the home. The suction in most cases causes the roof (A.C. or Pre-coated Sheets), air conditioner, or roof tiles (Mangalore tiles) to blow away.
07. Check whether the radio sets are in a fully-serviceable condition. Keep your radio on and listen to the latest weather warnings and advisories from your nearest station. Remember to spread only official information or announcements you have heard from the radio.
08. If a weather warning for a storm has been issued well in advance, secure loose tiles by cementing them and repair doors and windows if necessary.
09. If your house is away from high tides and flooding from the river or beach and well-built, indoors probably the best and safe place to be.
10. Stay alert for high-water levels in areas where streams of rivers may flood due to heavy rains.
11. If your house is situated in one of the evacuation areas of the city, move your valuables and luggage to upper floors to minimise flood damage.
12. Check the surroundings of your house for anything that might be at risk of being blown away due to the strong winds. A few cyclones are notoriously destructive. Search for ‘Wardha cyclone Wikipedia’ for more information.
Items like kerosene tins, cans, agricultural implements, garden tools, and road signs can become a weapon of devastation in strong winds. Remove them and store them in a safe place.
13. Make sure you have a window or door that can be easily opened on the lee side of the house i.e. the side opposite the one facing the wind.
14. Be calm. Your ability to meet emergency situations can inspire and help others.
15. You should remain in a shelter and obey the people in charge until it’s safe to head back home.
16. Any loose and hanging wires from the lamp post should be strictly avoided.
17. Keep away from disaster areas unless you are required to assist someone.
18. The houses and dwellings should be cleared of debris from the surrounding.
19. The losses should be reported to the appropriate authorities.
20. Relatives should be promptly informed about the safety of persons in the disaster area.
01. Avoid being misled by rumours. Spread only official announcements from the Weather Bureau.
02. Don’t leave shelters until informed by the rescue personnel.
03. Don’t leave a safer place during a lull. Minor repairs can be carried out.
04. Don’t touch any loose and hanging wires from a lamp post. They may be live and result in an electric shock.
05. Don’t stand below a tree.
06. Don’t park your car/scooter below trees. Also, see that your vehicles are not parked in the basement or in low lying area.
According to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – Cyclones, Tropical Storms, Hurricanes and Typhoons all are different names but describe the same disaster type.
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