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How to stay safe during ‘Natural Disaster’

 Health & Lifestyle Desk

 Published: 12:29 PM, 9 November 2019   Updated: 12:30 PM, 9 November 2019

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It’s important to know what steps you should take to protect your home and to keep you and your family safe during the natural disaster.

Cyclone ‘Bulbul’ is expected to hit Bangladesh on Saturday evening. Coastal areas of Bangladesh have been advised to hoist great danger signal number 10.

So, in such a time everyone must be aware of the “Do’s & Don’ts” before, during and after a cyclone.

Here are some steps that you can follow to keep you and your family safe during cyclone ‘Bulbul’.

> Be always updated with the condition of the cyclone.

> Keep your local radio or television channel turned on.

> Trim trees and branches near your home.

> Secure your objects outside your home.

> Make sure shade sails, awnings and outdoor umbrellas are properly fitted and secure.

> Get your roof checked for damage or corrosion.

> Make sure all doors and windows are closed.

>Carry a lighter or some cooking kits with you if possible.

> Unplug non-essential electrical items and use surge protectors.

> Prepare an emergency storm kit containing things like a first aid kit, a torch, batteries, candles, matches, bottled water, and an emergency contact list.

> If you have elderly neighbors, check that they’re prepared too.

> Think of your pets and how to keep them safe.

> Park your car somewhere safe, away from trees.

> Be updated with emergency contacts and messaging kits.

> If you’re able to stay in your home, make sure you know where its strongest point is, and shelter under a mattress, strong table or bench if necessary.

> Stay there and keep your emergency kits close by.

> If possible, remain indoors.

> If you do have to go outside, watch out for trees and branches that could cause injury.

> Follow the emergency gateway.

> Stick together and keep clam.

> Follow news reports for updates on the storm and instructions from the authorities.

> Have a look at your pets too.

> Don’t go outside to check damage until it’s safe.

> When you do go outside, stay away from fallen trees and power lines.

> Don’t use electronic appliances until it looks safe.

> Try to contact the local authorities.

> Make a detailed list and take photos/videos of any damaged items.

> Check the next warning on local television and radios.

> Be patient.