Before the Cyclone Season
- Keep watch on weather and listen to radio or TV.
Keep alert about the community warning systems -
loudspeakers, bells, conches, drums or "hul-huli".
- Get to know the nearest cyclone shelter / safe
houses and the safest route to reach these
- Do not listen to rumours.
Prepare an emergency kit containing
- A portable radio, torch and spare batteries;
- Stocks dry food - Chura, Chhatua, Mudhi, gur, etc.
- Matches, fuel lamp, portable stove, cooking utensils,
- A first aid kit, manual, etc.
- Katuri, pliers, small saw, axe and plastic
- Check the roof and cover it with net or bamboo. Check
the walls, pillars, doors and windows to see if they are
secure. If not, repair those at the earliest. In case of tin
roofs, check the condition of the tin and repair the loose
points. Cover the mud walls with polythene or coconut leaves
mats or straw mats on a bamboo frame. Bind each corner of
the roof with a plastic rope in case of thatched roof.
- Trim dry tree branches, cut off the dead trees and clear
the place/courtyard of all debris, including coconuts and
- Clear your property of loose materials that could blow
about and cause injury or damage during extreme winds.
- If your area is prone to storm surge, locate safe high
ground or shelter.
- Keep important documents, passbook, etc. in a tight
plastic bag and take it along with your emergency kits if
you are evacuating.
- Identify the spot where you can dig holes to store food
grains, seeds, etc. in polythene bags.
- Keep a list of emergency addresses and phone numbers on
display. Know the contact telephone number of the government
offices /agencies, which are responsible for search, rescue
and relief operations in your area.
If you are living in an area where CBDP exercises have
taken place, ensure:
- Vulnerability list and maps have been updated
- Cyclone drill including search & rescue, first aid
training have taken place
- Stock of dry food, essential medicines and proper
shelter materials maintained
Upon a cyclone warning
- Store loose items inside. Put extra agricultural
products/ stock like paddy in plastic bags and store it by
digging up a hole in the ground, preferably at a higher
elevation and then cover it properly. Fill bins and plastic
jars with drinking water.
- Keep clothing for protection, handy
- Prepare a list of assets and belongings of your house
and give information to volunteers and other authorities
about your near and dear ones.
- Fill fuel in your car/motorcycle and park it under a
solid cover. Tie bullock carts, boats securely to strong
posts in an area, which has a strong cover and away from
trees. Fallen trees can smash boats and other assets.
- Close shutters or nail all windows. Secure doors. Stay
indoors, with pets.
- Pack warm clothing, essential medications, valuables,
papers, water, dry food and other valuables in waterproof
bags, to be taken along with your emergency kit.
- Listen to your local radio / TV, local community warning
system for further information.
- In case of warning of serious storm, move with your
family to a strong pucca building. In case of warning of
cyclones of severe intensity, evacuate the area with your
family, precious items and documents and emergency kit. Take
special care for children, elders, sick, pregnant women and
lactating mothers in your family. Do not forget your
emergency food stock, water and other emergency items. GO TO
THE NEAREST CYCLONE SHELTER.
- Do not venture into the sea for fishing.
On warning of local evacuation
Based on predicted wind speeds and storm surge heights,
evacuation may be necessary. Official advice may be given on
local radio / TV or other means of communication regarding
safe routes and when to move.
- Wear strong shoes or chappals and clothing for
- Lock your home, switch off power, gas, water, and take
your emergency kit.
- If evacuating to a distant place take valuable
belonging, domestic animals, and leave early to avoid heavy
traffic, flooding and wind hazards.
- If evacuating to a local shelter or higher grounds carry
the emergency kit and minimum essential materials.
When the cyclone strikes
- Disconnect all electrical appliances and turn off
- If the building starts crumbling, protect yourself with
mattresses, rugs or blankets under a strong table or bench
or hold on to a solid fixture (e.g. a water pipe)
- Listen to your transistor radio for updates and
- Beware of the calm `eye'. If the wind suddenly drops,
don't assume the cyclone is over; violent winds will soon
resume from the opposite direction. Wait for the official
- If driving, stop - but well away from the sea and clear
of trees, power lines and watercourses. Stay in the vehicle.
After the cyclone
- Do not go outside until officially advised it is safe.
- Check for gas leaks. Do not use electric appliances, if
- Listen to local radio for official warnings and
- If you have to evacuate, or did so earlier, do not
return until advised. Use a recommended route for returning
and do not rush.
- Be careful of snake bites and carry a stick or
- Beware of fallen power lines, damaged bridges, buildings
and trees, and do not enter the floodwaters.
- Heed all warnings and do not go