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How to stay safe during heavy rain, thunderstorms in UAE

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Published on January 14, 2020 at 07.07

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Amid unstable weather in UAE, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (Ncema) has released do's and don'ts during a thunderstorm and heavy rains. Here are some preventive measures to avoid the risk:
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Be aware of the changes that could occur to the roads as a result of the changing weather conditions.
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Check regularly water and drainage channels and conduct the necessary maintenance.
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Fix objects that could be blown by severe wind such as boards, TV networks and others.
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Spread emergency hotline (999).
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Perform periodic maintenance for electrical and water systems.
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Make sure the emergency and first aid bags are ready.
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Provide the means for backup lighting (hand lamp or lantern) to be used when needed.
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In case of heavy continued rain, follow weather forecasts on local media and social networking websites.
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Do not leave home unless absolutely necessary and listen to weather bulletins and various media.
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Do not allow children to play outside the house during unusual weather conditions.
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If you are outside the house, try to find a safe place and avoid standing under tall trees and electricity poles.
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Do not try to walk or swim in the flowing water, ponds, valley streams or dams.
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Do not use the car to navigate in the flooded areas, as the torrential waters could make you lose control of the vehicle.
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During heavy rains, stay away from power lines. Cut lines are not necessarily safe.
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If you're in the car and strong winds are blowing, leave the car and head to the nearest safe place. The wind may overturn your car.
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If you are swimming, head to land and try as much as possible to stay away from open water.
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During a thunderstorm, unplug the power supply for home appliances to protect them from the passage of a thunderbolt through the electric current.
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During a thunderstorm, move immediately to the nearest building or to your car to guarantee a safe haven. During a thunderstorm, avoid standing under trees and electricity poles.
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During a thunderstorm, avoid working or standing in upland areas or on the roofs of buildings under construction.
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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.
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If you're in an open space during a thunderstorm, avoid using your mobile phone unless it is absolutely necessary.
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Stay away from windows and metal doors.
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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.
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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.
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Drive with extreme caution on the roads for fear of landslides or limited visibility.
 
 
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