October 12, 2013 11:03:53 am
In the wake of ‘very severe’ cyclonic storm Phailin,Odisha and Andhra Pradesh are braced for widespread devastation.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA),which is monitoring the situation closely,provides a list of measures that need to be taken in the event of a cyclonic threat.
Here is a list of Do’s and Dont’s that may prove to be beneficial according to the NDMA:
When the Cyclone starts
-Listen to the radio (All India Radio stations give weather warnings).
-Keep monitoring the warnings. This will help you to prepare for a cyclone emergency.
-Pass on the information to others.
-Ignore rumours and do not spread them; this will help to avoid panic situations.
-Believe in the official information
-When a cyclone alert is on,continue normal working but stay alert to the radio warnings.
-Get away from low-lying beaches or other low-lying areas close to the coast
-Leave early before your way to high ground or shelter gets flooded
-Do not delay and run the risk of being marooned
-If your house is securely built on high ground take shelter in the safer part of the house. However,if asked to evacuate do not hesitate to leave the place.
-Get extra food,which can be eaten without cooking. Store extra drinking water in suitably covered vessels.
-If you are to evacuate the house move your valuable articles to upper floors to minimize flood damage.
-Be sure that a window and door can be opened only on the side opposite to the one facing the wind.
-Make provision for children and adults requiring special diets.
-Switch off electrical mains in your house.
-Should remain in the shelter until informed that you can return to your home.
-Should get inoculated against diseases immediately.
-Strictly avoid any loose and dangling wires from lamp posts.
-If you are to drive,drive carefully.
-Clear debris from your premises immediately.
-Report the correct loss to appropriate authorities
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