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Civil Defense advisories for heavy rain, thunderstorms and tornadoes

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    Civil Defense Recommendations to the Public to Minimize the Adverse Effects of Heavy Rainfall, Thunderstorms and Tornadoes

    The Civil Defense Force, following a relevant announcement issued by the Department of Meteorology, regarding isolated strong storms that are expected to affect the region, initially the west and gradually the rest of the regions, makes the following recommendations to the public.

    •  Easter with… yellow warning for severe storms and hail

    Aiming at prevention and proper preparation to minimize risks and negative consequences:

    • Make sure the wells outside your home or workplace are not blocked.
    • Make sure the gutters on 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.
    • Fix objects that may 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

    If you are inside a building:

    • Leave underground areas and move to safe high ground.

    If you are in an open space:

    • 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 open space:

    • 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,
    • present 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 hazards do not immediately subside after the waters recede.
    • Ensure from 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.

    Self-protection measures against tornadoes

    If you are at home:

    • Remove items from the yard that can be moved by the tornado and 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.
    • Stay away from movable objects and breakable glasses.

    If you are outdoors:

    • If possible, follow the path of the tornado and move away as quickly as possible from the points it will pass, staying away from objects that can move and hit you.
    • If you cannot move out of the tornado's path in time, lie face down in a hollow, protecting your head with your hands to avoid being struck by moving objects or trees that may to be uprooted.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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