This was forwarded to me by three diferent people who work for PDO, and I thought it was worth sharing. I think it's worth noting that PDO deserves credit for disseminating clear, concise, and usefull information at a time when it's needed most. It's one of the many good services that PDO provides for it's staff and the community at large, the next time you see a pdo employee somewhere, tell them thank you.
TO ALL PDO
There is still uncertainty around the severity of the storm which is expected to arrive in Muscat during the night of 5 June, but it is a good idea to be prepared – without over-reacting.
These recommendations are designed to cope with the worst storms so please apply them to your situation appropriately.
the storm arrives:
Assemble a Disaster Supplies
Kit Including the Following Items:
1. First aid kit and essential medications.
2. Canned food and can opener.
3. At least three gallons of water per person.
4. Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding
or sleeping bags.
5. Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra
6. Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled
Prepare a Personal Evacuation
1. Identify ahead of time where you could go if
you are told to evacuate. Choose several places--a friend's home, a
hotel, or a sheltered place.
2. Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places
as well as a road map of your locality. You may need to take alternative
or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed or clogged.
3. Listen to local radio or TV stations for evacuation
instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Take these
items with you when evacuating:
a. Prescription medications and medical supplies;
b. Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows
c. Bottled water, battery-operated radio and extra
batteries, first aid kit, flashlight
d. Car keys and maps
e. Documents, including driver’s license, proof
of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates,tax records, etc.
You should evacuate under the
1. If you are directed by local authorities or
through official PDO communication. Be sure to follow their instructions.
2. If you live or work in a temporary structure—such
shelters are particularly hazardous during cyclones no matter how well
fastened to the ground.
During a Cyclone
1. Listen to the radio or TV for information.
2. Secure your home, close shutters, and secure
outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
3. Turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest
setting and keep its doors closed.
4. Turn off propane tanks. Avoid using the phone,
except for serious emergencies.
5. Secure your boat if time permits.
6. Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes
such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large
containers with water.
7. STAY OUT OF AND AWAY FROM WADIS.
Cyclones generate enormous amounts of rain in very short times. The
only place for the water to go is down the wadis; they will fill quickly,
and flow ferociously fast. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around
and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are
rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and climb to higher ground.
8. Do not go out “sightseeing”
if the storm suddenly seems to abate. Be aware that the calm "eye"
is deceptive; the storm is not over. The worst part of the storm will
happen once the eye passes over and the winds blow from the opposite
direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings, and other objects damaged by the
first winds can be broken or destroyed by the second winds.
9. You will probably lose electrical power. That is almost a given. If this
a. Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting.
Never use candles!
b. Turn off electrical equipment you were using
when the power went out.
c. Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
d. Do not run a generator inside a home.
e. Assemble essential supplies, including:
iii. Portable radio
iv. at least one gallon of water
v. a small supply of food.
vi. Due to the extreme risk of fire, do not use
candles during a power outage.
If you feel you are in danger:
Go to a safe room (windowless
room near the centre of the house). If you do not have one, follow these
1. Stay indoors during the cyclone and away from
windows and glass doors.
2. Close all interior doors—secure and brace
3. Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be
fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm - winds
will pick up again.
4. Take refuge in a small interior room, closet,
or hallway on the lowest level.
1. Listen to the media for regular updates.
2. Inspect your home for water/wind damage
before restoring electrical power.
3. Do not make unnecessary demands on the emergency
4. Inspect your vehicles for flood/impact damage;
especially the undercarriage/brakes if your vehicle experience high
of displaced animals. Wadi dogs, cats, snakes and many potentially nasty
insects will have had their living areas flood. They may seek refuge
in your home, carport or even auto. Be very careful assessing storm
damage and look carefully before lifting any storm debris; animals may
6. Do not touch wet switches, and beware of fallen
power lines, treat them as if they are live.
7. Do not drink water that could be contaminated.
8. Stay at home, resist the urge to go sightseeing.
9. Use common sense.
Issued by: PDO Corporate Emergency
Control Centre: 5 June 2007
(with thanks to Marty Leipzig)