STORY OF THE STORM SO FAR

Ev­ery mem­ber of a fam­ily should know where the emer­gency bag is kept, and the stor­age lo­ca­tion should be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, even in the dark dur­ing power out­ages

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MUS­CAT: Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Civil De­fence and Am­bu­lance (PACDA) has pro­vided de­tailed in­struc­tions on what sup­plies peoiple need to pack in case they must leave their homes prior to the ar­rival of trop­i­cal storm Luban.

Tor­ren­tial rains and gust­ing winds have af­fected large parts of the Dho­far and Al Wusta Gover­norates, and this may re­quire peo­ple to stay in­side their homes and shel­ters un­til the sit­u­a­tion has calmed down. “The emer­gency bag con­tains im­por­tant items that will help you in an emer­gency, and you will need to bring it along should you be re­quired to evac­u­ate your home,” said a PACDA spokesman.“Ev­ery mem­ber of your fam­ily should know where the emer­gency bag is kept, and it is rec­om­mended that the stor­age lo­ca­tion be eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, even in the dark dur­ing power out­ages.”

The emer­gency bag should con­tain a torch­light, in cases of power out­ages and for evac­u­a­tions at night, as well as bat­ter­ies for the torch and a por­ta­ble ra­dio.

PACDA ad­vises against in­sert­ing the bat­ter­ies into these de­vices un­til needed, to guar­an­tee de­vices have full power when they are re­quired. Ex­pats and na­tion­als in the coun­try are re­quired to carry with them es­sen­tial per­sonal med­i­ca­tions for all mem­bers of the fam­ily, as well as a wa­ter­proof folder that con­tains pho­to­copies of im­por­tant doc­u­ments, such as pass­ports and in­sur­ance poli­cies, should the orig­i­nals be de­stroyed.

In ad­di­tion, PACDA rec­om­mends that peo­ple carry with them a whis­tle and a first aid kit.

“Use your whis­tle to call for help or alert oth­ers, as shout­ing may be tir­ing, in­ef­fec­tive and may cause you to in­hale dan­ger­ous amounts of smoke and dust, in some cases,” added the spokesman.“To treat any in­juries along the way, a small kit con­tain­ing some first aid dress­ing, an­ti­sep­tic wipes, plas­ters and ban­dages will suf­fice.”

An­other es­sen­tial for fam­i­lies with small chil­dren would be child­care sup­plies and other spe­cial care items, whereas op­tional items for the emer­gency bag in­clude a list of per­sonal con­tacts, in­clud­ing tele­phone num­bers of fam­ily mem­bers, the work­place and school, cash, prefer­ably in small de­nom­i­na­tions, bot­tled wa­ter and dried food­stuff, and a set of spare cloth­ing and writ­ing ma­te­ri­als, should they be re­quired.

A list of emer­gency num­bers, such as those of the civil de­fence, Royal Oman Po­lice and other pub­lic util­ity, elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and tele­phone com­pa­nies must also be car­ried.

The spokesper­son added: “You may have more than one emer­gency bag, for ex­am­ple, you may have one for each fam­ily mem­ber.

Please de­cide what is most prac­ti­cal for your fam­ily. In ad­di­tion, please do not pack bulky items into the emer­gency bag, as it may ham­per move­ment dur­ing an emer­gency. “Check ex­piry dates of per­ish­able items in the bag and re­place them when needed, and pe­ri­od­i­cally re­place bat­ter­ies with fresh ones, as some may leak, even when un­used, and do not place them in­side de­vices,” he said.“Though most nat­u­ral oc­cur­rences and dis­as­ters are be­yond our con­trol, we are still able to in­crease our chances of sur­vival by ac­quir­ing the nec­es­sary knowl­edge and skills to en­sure our safety in such emer­gen­cies.”

Res­i­dents and cit­i­zens who wish to call the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Civil De­fence and Am­bu­lance dur­ing an emer­gency, can reach them at 9999 or 24343666.

The pack­ing of this bag is re­quired for emer­gen­cies, such as floods, land­slides, power out­ages, cy­clones, trop­i­cal storms, tsunamis, earth­quakes and be­ing trapped un­der de­bris or rub­ble.

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