View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Cyclone Gonu and the UAE Civil Defence

This statement was posted anonymously as a comment on this site and while not being able to verify its source it appears to include an update with helpful instructions:

“UAE Civil Defence forces have been put on alert to deal with any possible damage that may be inflicted by the tropical cyclone Gonu in case it hits the UAE coasts.”

“Civil Defence forces in Fujairah have been put on full alert to ensure that humanitarian services are provided to local residents in case the cycle hits the UAE coast.”

“Civil Defence has in place a federal catastrophe management plan that spells out the role of all federal and local organisations in combating the effects of natural disasters.”

“The public should be informed against going on sea or wandering near coasts, mountains and valleys and to beware of electricity hazards and disconnect electric supply to outdoor electric lights and signage and to refrain from using cellular phones in open areas during thunder storms.”

“The state of emergency at hospitals of Fujairah and the eastern region has been raised 25 per cent to deal with any emergencies that may be caused by the tropical cyclone Gonu.”

“Coastal areas of Fujairah and the eastern region experienced an unusual surge in wave activities on Tuesday evening, pushing waves to as high as seven meters from two meters, and causing spillage of sea water onto lowlands.”