Statement from AFAD on cold and rainy weather valid in 37 states

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According to the AFAD document, “According to the information received from the Directorate General of Meteorology, temperatures will gradually decrease from today, and rain and snowfall will increase. Therefore, in 37 states, especially in Istanbul, prepared under AFAD coordination. Was held in 37 states, Governor, Local Government, Special State Administration, Highway, Police, Constitutional Corps, 112, UMKE, Turkish Red Moon, Inc., while the state AFAD Center was on alert. The effects of the cold and rainy weather system from the Balkan Peninsula and the Black Sea have begun to be felt nationwide from March 7th. Related to mitigate possible risks. Agencies, organizations and NGOs have completed preparations under the coordination of AFAD. Construction is being carried out within the framework of Turkey’s disaster response plan, according to the Winter Response Notice issued in 2021. Within the framework of the Disaster Response Plan; Representatives of the Police Department, Jandalma Headquarters, Meteorological Department, Highway Department, and Turkish Red Moon Company are present today at 21.00, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, President AFAD. Invited to the center. It is estimated that temperatures will drop on weekdays in the north, central and west, and 6 to 10 degrees below the seasonal normals nationwide on weekends. Since March 9, eastern Anatolia and the Black Sea. Snowfall is expected to begin March 10 in the central and eastern regions, Konya and Isparta, and eastern Istanbul, Marmara, and Central Anatolia. Precipitation will rain on the Mediterranean and eastern Black Sea coasts and in the southeastern part of Anatolia. It is expected to occur in the form of rain and spills and snow elsewhere. Strong winds and storms are expected in eastern Anatolia, the Aegean coast and the Marmara region, but the danger of agricultural frost in the Aegean and Mediterranean regions. There is a risk of avalanche in eastern Anatolia and the eastern part of the Black Sea. “

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Continuing the statement, information was provided on measures that citizens could take against bad weather, pointing out the following:

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“Measures to be taken against the danger of ice and frost

Do not go out unless necessary. You need to follow the weather forecast before you go out. Citizens who require continuous treatment (dialysis, childbirth, etc.) should report the situation to their state health department and health agency. Avoid icicles on the roof. You need to keep your cell phone battery and mobile charger full, if any, and have a spare battery for your radio and flashlight.

Precautions for protection from ice and frost while driving

Make sure the vehicle is equipped with the necessary equipment (chains, tow ropes, etc.). (You need to use snow tires) Before you travel, you need to get information about roads and traffic. Family members and relatives should be informed about the location and route. Attention should be paid to “black ice”, a layer of transparent and slippery ice that is not always visible. You must follow traffic rules and restrictions. The vehicle needs enough fuel. Disaster and emergency kits should also be stored in the vehicle.

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Measures to take before and after the storm

You need to follow the storm warning. Do not go out unless necessary. Doors and windows should be strengthened and windows should be avoided. Be prepared for the risk of sudden floods. Be careful with roof and balcony items and signs.

How to protect from flue gas poisoning

The burning stove must be completely extinguished before going to bed. Fuel materials such as burned, half-burned coal and wood should be removed on a regular basis. Do not light the stove in adverse conditions such as southwestern storms. You need to learn how to burn the stove from the fire department and light the stove accordingly. Chimneys, stove pipes, and bends should be cleaned regularly. The chimney should be left open and lifted from the surrounding structures to reach the air flow. The boiler (stove) must comply with the TSE standard.

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How to protect from natural gas poisoning

.. The openings that allow sufficient oxygen to enter the natural gas appliance should not be covered. Devices used at home or at work should be maintained on a regular basis. A gas detector must be used to detect natural gas leaks.