Thursday, 25 Feb 2021
The Public Authority for Civil Defence and Ambulances (PACDA) has said that it is ready to deal with all contingencies that may arise during Tropical Cyclone Mekunu.

PACDA prepared to tackle Tropical Cyclone Mekunu

Lt Col Mubarak bin Salim al Araimi, director common of operations and coaching at PACDA mentioned that its departments and centres in all governorates have mobilised all obtainable sources for the cyclonic effect.

The measures have been taken following the issuance of notification No 1 by the Public Authority for Civil Aviation. “Since Dhofar and Al Wusta are expected to be affected, they have been reinforced by manpower, 4WDs for search and rescue, as well as different types of boats, water bikes and other equipment,” Lt Col Araimi mentioned.

He also pointed out that the search and rescue team and the hazardous components handling departments are also closely following up the climate circumstances. “Coordination is in place to provide help to the members of the national emergency management system,” he added.

Lt Col Araimi has urged the public to stick to climate-associated warnings. He has also warned individuals against crossing wadis in the course of the cyclone to steer clear of loss of life and home.

Precautions to be taken

Secure loose objects on roofs or in gardens which might be blown away by the wind

two. Empty water tanks must either be removed from the roof or if essential fill it with water to avoid harm to home

three. Keep a flashlight, battery, and a radio (it will be the only implies of communication in case of energy reduce)

four. Stick duct tapes to make X patterns on windows to minimize harm

five.Identify secure points in the residence to collect with family members in the course of emergency

six. Keep in hand a initial-help kit

7. Keep doors, windows intact

eight. Evacuation warnings must be adhered to instantly and switch off gas, water and energy provide
9. Avoid walking or driving out in the course of the cyclone to avoid becoming stuck in floods or acquiring hurt by falling objects

10. Make certain you know emergency shelters and help offering (shelter, meals, rescue, health-related solutions, and so forth.) areas if essential

11. Do not swim or get close to the sea. If you have a boat, moor it nicely, and attain a secure region prior to the cyclone

12. Avoid standing close to street lights, electric poles and loose cables

13. Stay at house and steer clear of venturing into the sea till an all-clear notification is issued by the competent authorities

14. Do not attempt to cross wadis, even if the water level is low. Remember that storms can trigger large floods. Keep away from beaches and dams

15. Keep away from broken locations and do not to place oneself at threat or hinder function of emergency personnel

16. Be much more cautious at evening, as the dangers are larger

17. Avoid walking across a watercourse if the water is above your knee level

18. If your automobile breaks down, leave it instantly and go to a larger spot as flash floods might sweep it away

19. Remember that rainfall in mountainous and higher-altitude locations, even for a brief period might be followed by floods and overflowing wadis

20. Keep away from water submerged locations and valley watercourses

21. Make note of higher-altitude locations and how to get there in case of an emergency

22. Remember the emergency quantity (9999)


What to do although driving in rain

The threat of automobiles sliding is the highest in the course of early rainfall, as the rainwater mixes with oil and dust particles in the road surface, making a greasy layer that causes sliding.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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