What to do if thunderstorms strike UAE

Web Report/Dubai
Filed on November 20, 2019
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Tips to stay safe during thunderstorms.

What should you do when disasters strike Dubai? For instance, what is the best way to remain safe if thunderstorms or earthquakes hit Dubai? The Dubai Police have released brochures in seven languages addressing these very questions.

The brochures released online list out tips to stay safe during mist and fog, thunderstorms, earthquakes or power outages.

The brochures have been released in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Urdu.

When thunderstorms hit:

> Avoid using your phone and electronic devices

> Do not stand next to telephone poles, electricity posts or thick trees

> Avoid standing in high areas

> Do not enter open or exposed areas

> Keep away from metals and steel materials

> Keep away from the beach, wet areas and water pools

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority has also released do's and don'ts during a thunderstorm:

-Unplug the power supply for home appliances to protect them from the passage of a thunderbolt through the electric current.

-Move immediately to the nearest building or to your car to guarantee a safe haven.

-Avoid standing under trees and electricity poles.

-Avoid working or standing in upland areas or on the roofs of buildings under construction.

-Lightning may cause fire. Prepare the appropriate firefighting equipment.

-If you are away from a safe place during a thunderstorm, the risk of being hit by a thunderbolt is higher.

-If you're in an open space during a thunderstorm, avoid using your mobile phone unless it is absolutely necessary.

-Stay away from windows and metal doors.

-If you hear a call for evacuation through the media or competent security authorities, conform immediately and make sure you and your family are safe.

-When driving your car during heavy rainfall, turn on your vehicle's emergency flasher and lights. Reduce speed and do not overtake another vehicle. Leave enough distance between vehicles. Park your vehicle completely off the road if necessary.

-Drive with extreme caution on the roads for fear of landslides or limited visibility.

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