Bhubaneswar: Cyclone Fani, which is approaching the Odisha coast, has turned into an extremely severe cyclonic storm. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts and the necessary actions that are to be taken so as to stay safe as and when nature’s fury strikes.

Before the Cyclone approaches: List of Do’s 

  • Carry out repair work in your house if any.
  • Remove dead branches or dying trees close to the house. Anchor removable objects such as lumber piles, loose tin sheets, loose bricks, garbage cans, sign-boards etc. which can fly in strong winds.
  • Keep wooden boards handy.
  • Keep lanterns, battery operated torches and dry cells in abundance.
  • Keep dry non-perishable food for an emergency.

List of Don’ts:

  • Leave early before your way to high ground or shelter gets flooded.
  • Take shelter in the safe part of the house.
  • Board up glass windows or put storm shutters in place.
  • Provide strong suitable support for outside doors.

Necessary actions:

  • Listen to the radio (All India Radio stations give weather warnings).
  • Keep monitoring the warnings and pass the information to others.
  • Ignore rumours.
  • When a cyclone alert is on for your area continue normal working but stay alert to the radio warnings.
  • Stay alert for the next 24 hours as a cyclone alert means that the danger is within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, all state universities and colleges coming under the administrative control of Higher Education Department and located in Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khordha, Nayagarh, Cuttack, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts will remain closed from May 2 to May 4.

Tourists are also being advised to leave Puri by May 2 evening. Also, non-essential travel to the districts most likely to be affected may be cancelled on May 3 and 4.