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Cyclone Phailin: What you SHOULD and SHOULD NOT do

By Courtesy National Disaster Management Authority
Last updated on: October 11, 2013 15:48 IST
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As Odisha and Andhra Pradesh gear up for the arrival of Cyclone Phailin, here’s a brief summary of what you should and should not do during a cyclone.

Don’t live in the cyclone affected zone? Here’s what you can do.

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(i) Before the Cyclone:

  • Check the house; secure loose tiles, carry out repair works for doors and windows
  • Remove dead woods or dying trees close to the house; anchor removable objects like lumber piles, loose tin sheds, loose bricks, garbage cans, sign-boards etc. which can fly in strong winds
  • Keep some wooden boards ready so that glass windows can be boarded if needed
  • Keep a hurricane lantern filled with kerosene, battery operated torches and enough dry cells
  • Keep some extra batteries for transistors
  • Keep some dry non-perishable food always ready for emergency use

(ii) 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 for your area continue normal working but stay alert to the radio warnings.
  • Remember that a cyclone alert means that the danger is within 24 hours. Stay alert.
  • When your area is under cyclone warning 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.
  • Board up glass windows or put storm shutters in place.
  • Provide strong suitable support for outside doors.
  • If you do not have wooden boards handy, paste paper strips on glasses to prevent splinters. However, this may not avoid breaking windows.
  • 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.
  • Have hurricane lantern, torches or other emergency lights in working conditions and keep them handy.
  • Small and loose things, which can fly in strong winds, should be stored safely in a room.
  • 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.
  • If the centre of the cyclone is passing directly over your house there will be a lull in the wind and rain lasting for half and hour or so. During this time do not go out; because immediately after that very strong winds will blow from the opposite direction.
  • Switch off electrical mains in your house.
  • Remain calm.

(iii) When evacuation is instructed

  • Pack essentials for yourself and your family to last you a few days, including medicines, special foods for babies and children or elders.
  • Head for the proper shelter or evacuation points indicated for your area.
  • Do not worry about your property
  • At the shelter follow instructions of the person in charge.
  • Remain in the shelter until you have been informed to leave

(iv) Post-cyclone measures

  • You should remain in the shelter until informed that you can return to your home.
  • You must get inoculated against diseases immediately.
  • Strictly avoid any loose and dangling wires from the 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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