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Cyclone Remal in Assam, Meghalaya, Dos and Don’ts

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Cyclone: Dos and Don’ts

Be aware of the official cyclone warning and get the latest updates on the official website of the Indian Meteorological Department (https://mausam.imd.gov.in/). The National Disaster Management Authority’s (NDMA) official website (https://ndma.gov.in/) shares certain dos and don’ts to follow before, during and after a cyclone.

Before a cyclone
Inspect the house. Make sure to secure loose tiles and conduct repairs of doors and windows, if required.

Remove dead branches or trees near the house. Anchor removable objects that can fly in strong winds. These may include tin sheets, bricks, garbage cans, signboards, etc.

Keep a hurricane lantern filled with kerosene and battery-operated torches with extra batteries at home. Keep the mobile phones fully charged.

Prepare an emergency first-aid kit. Store essential items such as groceries, medicines, and non-perishable food for use in an emergency.

Store water as the water supply may be disrupted during and after a cyclone.
Park vehicles underneath a solid shelter.

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During a cyclone
Do not step out of the house until it is officially announced that the cyclone has passed, as the winds may intensify.

Evacuate early before the way to high ground or shelter gets flooded.

If your house is securely on high ground, take shelter in a safe corner.

Install storm shutters and board up glass windows.

Keep doors and windows closed. Provide strong support for outside doors.

Switch off the electrical mains in the house.

Place wooden boards or paper strips on glass windows to prevent splinters.

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Post-cyclone safety measures
If you are outside, stay in the shelter until it is announced that you can return to your house.

Drive your vehicle carefully once the cyclone clears.

Avoid going to areas with floodwater.

Keep away from any loose and dangling wires from lamp posts.

Clear the debris from your premises.

Report the correct losses to the appropriate authorities.

Get vaccinated against diseases immediately.

Avoid tap water for drinking or cooking. Make sure to boil water before using it.

What does a cyclone emergency kit include?
Communication devices such as mobile phones and a radio.

Battery-operated torches with extra batteries.

Candles and matches.

Medicines and a first-aid kit.

Cash and important documents such as ration paper and identity proofs.

Non-perishable food.

At least 3.7 litre (one gallon) of water per person daily.

Tools such as knife, thick ropes, duct tape, etc. and sturdy shoes.

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