First Aid

How to Survive a Cyclone

Surviving a cyclone is done by preparation and a definite plan to escape the ill effects of a cyclone. The main points to remember to survive a cyclone is evacuation if needed, emergency safe shelter, search and rescue, relief assistance, repair and reconstruction, economic recovery. When these are done in a systematic manner, the survival rate during a cyclone is high.

Safety Precautions taken to survive a cyclone

The safety measures for a cyclone are as follows:

How to prepare yourself before a cyclone?

  • Develop a cyclone preparedness plan to sequence the activities and responsibilities of each participants.
  • Develop a warning and evacuation procedure for people threatened by floods.
  • Trim trees and branches near your residence.
  • Establish appropriate stockpile.
  • Secure roofing.
  • Put outdoor items, garden furniture and equipments inside.
  • Fit windows with metal screens or shutters.
  • Heavy objects and furniture should be fastened to the wall.
  • Largest and heaviest objects can be placed on lower shelves.
  • Water heaters and other appliances should be firmly bolted.
  • Fill water containers, lock pets, fill fuel in your cars and place under cover.
  • Keep ready emergency supplies and equipment.
  • Prepare an evacuation kit and a first aid kit ready.
  • Keep listening to your local radio.
  • Never ignore warnings.

What to do during a Cyclone to Survive?

  • Remain calm and stay inside.
  • If the building starts to break, shelter in the strongest part.
  • If outdoors, seek solid enclosed shelter but not a tree.
  • If driving, stop at a safe place away from trees, electric beam.
  • Listen to your portable radio for cyclonic updates.
  • Don’t use fixed telephone wires.
  • Protect yourself with rugs and blankets.
  • Never assume the cyclone is over.
  • Strong and violent winds resume soon from the opposite direction.

After the Cyclone

The survivor of a cyclone has to do the following things:

  • Do not go outside unless you are advised officially.
  • If you have evacuated, do not go home until you are advised.
  • Try not to make unnecessary phone calls.
  • Do not go sight seeing.
  • Check for fires and utilities and shut off if necessary.
  • Check your house for serious damage and evacuate if there is a threat of collapse.
  • Check for injuries and administer first aid.
  • Clear up hazardous material.
  • Turn on a transistor for emergency bulletins.
  • Do not crowd the disaster site and keep the streets clear for the passage of emergency and rescue vehicles.
  • Never ignore the warning signs.

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