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Civil Defence: Advice to the public to protect against tomorrow's severe weather

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Civil Defense made recommendations to the public, to minimize the negative consequences of heavy rainfall, after the Meteorological Service warned of severe weather.

The Civil Defense Force, following a relevant announcement by the Department of Meteorology, regarding isolated strong storms that are expected to affect areas, mainly in the mountains and in the interior, makes the following recommendations to the public, with the aim of prevention and proper preparation for minimizing risks and negative consequences:

· Make sure the wells outside your home or workplace are not blocked.

· Make sure the gutters in your property are working properly.

· If you have a basement in a vulnerable area with a risk of flooding, proceed with the excavation of a special water accumulation pit and install an automatic water pump. Remove valuable items or expensive equipment from your basement.

· If you live on a plot with a yard, leave – where possible – free soil for the earth to absorb water.

· Secure objects that are likely to be swept away by the water and moved (eg tanks, water heaters, etc.).

· Repair any openings in enclosure walls.

· Prepare sandbags to prevent water from entering your property if it is located in an area at risk of flooding.

· If you are informed of the occurrence of heavy rainfall, limit your movements and avoid working and staying in underground areas.

During the flood

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· Leave underground areas and move to safe high ground.

If you are in an open area:

· Do not cross a flooded road on foot or by car/bicycle/motorcycle.

· Stop and change direction if you find yourself on a flooded road.

· Abandon your car if it is stuck, as it may be swept away or flooded.

· Stay away from power lines.

· Do not go near landslide areas.

After the flood

If you are in an open area:

· Stay away from areas that have flooded or are at risk of flooding in the next few hours because:

§ the flood may have altered the features of familiar areas,

§ pose hazards from broken pavements and dangerously sloping areas, and

§ the waters may be polluted if they have carried with them various kinds of objects or even animals.

· Do not obstruct rescue crews.

· Do not use the phone unnecessarily.

Before starting the recovery procedures:

· Remember that flood risks don't go away immediately after the waters recede.

· Confirm with the relevant authorities that your area is safe and you can return for restoration work.

· Turn off the power and water supply switches.

· Wear closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing to avoid injury.

Tornado Precautions

If you are at home:

· Remove items from the yard that could be moved by the tornado and securely secure those that are not.

· Close the doors and windows, but leave the internal glass shutters open, to quickly equalize the internal and external atmospheric pressure.

· Move away from objects that can be moved and glasses that may break.

If you are outdoors:

· If possible, follow the path of the tornado and get away as quickly as possible from the points it will pass, staying away from objects that can move and hit you.

· If you can't get out of the tornado's path in time, lie face down in a hollow, protecting your head with your hands, so you don't risk being hit by moving objects or trees that may be uprooted.

Source: www.sigmalive.com

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