What to do Before a Cyclone?

To prepare for a cyclone, the following measures should be taken:

  • Prepare with disaster supplies such as flashlight and extra batteries, candles, first aid kit and manual, emergency dry food items and drinking water, essential medicines, cash and credit cards and sturdy shoes.
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway you should evacuate immediately after getting notice from the authority of the evacuation center.
  • If you are living away from the floodplain, make plans to secure your property.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Consider building a safe room.

What to do During a Cyclone?

If a cyclone is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Secure your home.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so.
  • Move to the evacuation center if it is safe to move.
  • If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room.
  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors.
  • Take shelter in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
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