Flash Updates:

FOR INDIVIDUALS

Before

  • Ignore rumours, Stay calm, Don’t panic.
  • Keep your mobile phones charged for emergency communication; use SMS.
  • Listen to radio, watch TV, read newspapers for weather updates.
  • Keep your documents and valuables in water-proof containers
  • Try staying in an empty room; keep movable items securely tied.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with essential items for safety and survival.
  • Secure your house, especially the roof; carry out repairs; don’t leave sharp objects loose.
  • Keep cattle/animals untied to ensure their safety.
  • In case of a storm surge/tide warning, or flooding, know your nearest safe high ground/ safe shelter and the safest access route to it.
  • Store adequate ready-to-eat food and water to last at least a week.
  • Conduct mock drills for your family and community.
  • Trim treetops and branches near your house with permission from the local authority
  • Close doors and windows securely
  • Evacuate immediately to safe places when directed by government officials

During

A) If Indoors

  • Switch off electrical mains, unplug all electrical appliances and gas connection.
  • Keep doors and windows shut.
  • If your house is unsafe, leave early before the onset of a cyclone. Reach a safe shelter
  • Listen to radio; rely only on official warnings
  • Drink boiled/chlorinated water
  • If the building starts to crumble, protect yourself with mattresses, rugs or blankets, or by getting under a strong table or bench or by holding hold onto a solid fixture, such as a water pipe.

B) If Outdoors

  • Do not enter damaged buildings
  • Seek a safe shelter as soon as possible.
  • Never stand under a tree/ electric pole.
  • Beware the calm ‘eye’. If the wind drops, don’t assume the cyclone is over; violent winds may soon resume from another direction. Wait for the official ‘all clear’.

After

  • Drink boiled/chlorinated water.
  • Do not go out until officially advised. If evacuated, wait until advised to go back.
  • Watch out for broken electric poles and loose wires, and other sharp objects.
  • Do not enter damaged buildings.
  • Do not use damaged electrical equipment. Get them checked by an electrician first.

Fishermen should:

  • Ignore rumours, Stay calm, Don’t panic.
  • Keepmobile phones charged for emergency communication; use SMS.
  • Write down important numbers on a paper and keep it safely
  • Keep a radio set with extra batteries handy.
  • Listen to radio, watch TV, read newspapers for weather updates.
  • Keep boats/rafts tied up in a safe place.
  • Don’t venture out in the sea