Before the Cyclone season: # 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 # Demolish condemned buildings # Keep some extra batteries for transistors # Keep some dry non-perishable food always ready for emergency use
When cyclone alerts and warnings are on#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.
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
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.
(Sourced from: National Disaster Management Authority, Government of India Website)