TROPICAL CYCLONE WHAT TO DO INFORMATION

To The Media: Top priority for immediate and frequent broadcast

 

Issued By: The National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) at 8:30am, Tuesday 26th November 2019

Following the Tropical Cyclone Rita Warning Number Ten issued at 8:00am this morning, Tuesday 26th November 2019 by The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS), the NEOC has issued this Tropical Cyclone “WHAT TO DO” information and in force for Temotu Province.

People are advised to take extra precautionary measures and start thinking about the possible actions that you should take before, during and after.

  1. UPON HEARING THIS WARNING
  • Listen to your radio for further information
  • Store drinking water in sealed plastic containers as water supply may be interrupted or contaminated
  • Batten down roof and tie down all loose objects in the house
  • If you live in a flood-prone area take flood precautions
  • Ensure all the members of your family are present
  • Keep children away from swollen drains and waterways
  • Have all your important items safely secure with you (medical cards, medicines, etc)
  • If your house is not structurally safe, prepare to move to the nearest evacuation centre.
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  1. DURING THE TROPICAL CYCLONE
  • Open louvers on side away from wind to reduce the pull force of the wind on the roof
  • Remain calm, stay indoors but clear of doors and windows. Remain in the strongest part of the building or stronghold
  • Do not attempt to travel at Sea
  • Only use the telephone or HF radio for very urgent calls.

 

  1. AFTER THE TROPICAL CYCLONE HAS PASSED
  • Do not go outside until safety advice is officially issued
  • Do not attempt to travel at Sea as the sea will be rough still and winds will be strong
  • Don’t allow children to roam around outside
  • Beware of damaged building, fallen trees or flooded water ways
  • Listen to your radio for advice and updates
  • Check for gas leaks and do not use electric appliances if wet (if you have them in possession).

 

  1. SPECIFIC FOR THE VILLAGE LEADERS
  • Village leaders in the possible threat areas are advised to activate their emergency response plans when necessary. This includes ringing church bells, blowing of conch shells and beating of drums
  • People living in the mentioned areas are advised to listen to SIBC and other FM radio stations for any latest update on the situation
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  1. CONTACTS FOR URGENT ASSISTANCE

For urgent assistance call 933 (SI Meteorology) or 955 (National Emergency Operations Centre NDMO) or 999 (Police Operations Centre).

This Tropical Cyclone What to Do Information Is Current until a cancellation is issued by SIMS.

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