Sand Storms

Awareness Messages Prior to Sand Storms
If you were inside the house, please carry out the following procedures:

  1. Listen and watch weather forecasts, official media and social media websites.
  2. Make sure you close all windows firmly, and support them using wooden slabs.
  3. Fix things such as metal sheets, TV antennas and other volatile materials due to strong winds.
  4. Make sure the tools existing in the house yard are secured and cannot volatize due to the storm.
  5. Do not allow children to play outside the house.
  6. Make sure your vehicle is parked in a safe place, to avoid any damages to be caused by the storm.

If you were outside, please carry out the following procedures:

  1. Try to find a safe place.
  2. Please take caution and care during changes occurring on the road due to weather change.
  3. Do not carry out any activity outside the house and postpone your works till after the end of storm. 

Awareness Messages During Sand Storms
If you were inside the house, please carry out the following procedures:

  1. Watch weather changes, listen and watch weather forecasts, official media and social media websites
  2. Reduce the frequency of going out from the house and being subject to outdoor environment as much as possible
  3. Do not allow children with respiratory, Asthma and allergic diseases to go out except in utmost urgent cases.
  4. Stay away from glass windows and doors.
  5. Abide by instructions and directions given by security authorities in case you received an evacuation order Do so immediately and ensure your safety and your family's safety.

If you were outside the house, please carry out the following procedures:

  1. Try to find a safe place and inform others about your location.
  2. Cover your nose and mouth with a mask or wet tissue and wear glasses to protect your eyes.
  3. Avoid standing under high trees.
  4. Avoid staying in open areas, especially if you suffer from allergy, asthma or thoracic infections.

While driving your vehicle, please carry out the following procedures:

  1. Listen to weather forecasts on the radio.
  2. Avoid sand dunes on external and open roads, especially while driving, as the wind movement increases and it moves sands in large amounts to the road.
  3. Do not get worried and get others to be worried during the blast of the sand storm, drive slowly especially when the vision got suddenly unclear and the lanes tightened.
  4. If you were using the AC, please shut the external air inlet hole.
  5. Reduce speed and do not overtake other vehicles, maintain safe distance between vehicles.
  6. It is recommended to use the flashing indicators only for warning.
  7. In case strong wind blasts while you are in the car, leave the car and head to the nearest safe place.
  8. In case you had to stop the car completely, park it off the road and call your family to inform them that you are safe.
  9. If the vision was extremely poor while driving your car, exit the main road and take a side road if possible, then stop and keep the lights on.

Awareness Messages After Sand Storms
If you were inside a house, please carry out the following procedures:

  1. Listen and watch weather forecasts and directions from competent authorities through official media.
  2. Do not leave the house before ensuring the situation is back to normal.

If you were outside the house, please carry out the following procedures:

  1. Please take caution and care during changes occurring on the road due to weather change.

While driving your vehicle, please carry out the following procedures:

  1. Please take caution and care and watch weather changes occurring on the road
  2. Make sure the road is clear from sand dunes.
  3. Please do not drive fast and do not overtake other vehicles, maintain safe distance between vehicles.
  4. Please drive very carefully on roads that contain sand dunes due to weather fluctuations, which may cause slipping and losing control over the vehicle.