This is the emergency protocol to face hurricane Iota and the rainy season in Colombia

Satellite photograph provided by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) via the National Hurricane Center (NHC), showing the location of tropical storm Iota (i) in northern Colombia, at 14:10 local time (19:10 GMT) on November 14. EFE / NOAA-NHC

With the arrival in the next few hours of Hurricane Iota to Providencia, Santa Catalina and San Andrés, the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Ideam) has issued a series of recommendations for the general public, and especially for compatriots in the archipelago, given the force of the natural phenomenon, whose winds exceed the 935 miles per hour.

It should be noted that strong climatic effects are expected in the three places where the eye of the hurricane will pass, whose category change (from 2 to 4) occurred in less than 25 minutes, being IDEAM’s most up-to-date report delivered to the public at 2:00 am.

About 100 families affected by the floods caused by Hurricane Iota take refuge today in a shelter installed in the Coliseo de Combate de Cartagena, in Cartagena (Colombia).  EFE / RICARDO MALDONADO ROZO
About 100 families affected by the floods caused by Hurricane Iota take refuge today in a shelter installed in the Coliseo de Combate de Cartagena, in Cartagena (Colombia). EFE / RICARDO MALDONADO ROZO

The anomalous formation of Iota, whose expansion in all its quadrants, will radically alter the country’s climate as it passes through the Caribbean, is reason for the authority to issue guidelines that reduce the damage caused by the natural phenomenon.

General for nationals in the territory and archipelago affected by rains and flooding of rivers and other water sources

Be attentive in the next few days to the communications and information issued by Ideam and the other local and municipal emergency authorities.

Monitor the status of the local aqueducts and carry out their preventive maintenance.

Have on hand a briefcase with a copy of the identity documents of each of the members of the family nucleus, spare clothing, canned food, water, whistle, a radio with batteries and a flashlight.

Protect yourself from the rain with an umbrella or a raincoat and go out warm to avoid colds.

Know and review emergency plans, evacuation routes and meeting points.

Download the applications on your cell phone I Report and My Forecast, and be an active part of the risk management processes.

Do not litter nor debris in streams, rivers and streets of urban centers.

About 100 families affected by the floods caused by Hurricane Iota take refuge today in a shelter installed in the Coliseo de Combate de Cartagena, in Cartagena (Colombia).  EFE / RICARDO MALDONADO ROZO
About 100 families affected by the floods caused by Hurricane Iota take refuge today in a shelter installed in the Coliseo de Combate de Cartagena, in Cartagena (Colombia). EFE / RICARDO MALDONADO ROZO

Recommendations for the maritime zone of the Colombian Caribbean affected by the IOTA hurricane

Ideam advises municipal and departmental risk management councils to take into account the considerations and possible risks associated with increased swell and wind, reduced visibility for navigation in the area and maritime, heavy rains and electrical storms.

For small boat operators, tourists and fishermen, They are advised to closely follow the daily evolution of the meteorological and marine conditions. Similarly, it is important that they comply with the recommendations issued by the Harbor Master’s Offices.

Recommendations for nationals in the face of the possibility of sudden floods

Given the susceptibility of sudden floods, it is suggested permanent monitoring of high-slope rivers located in the Andean region, particularly those that originate in the eastern foothills of the eastern cordillera.

It is important to be attentive to the state of the roads, mainly in areas of the Andean departments.

It is advisable to carry out tours preferably in the daytime and identify areas threatened by landslides or landslides.

Permanent monitoring is suggested to the community on very rainy days and seek refuge in safe areas.

If the slip is on a highway, It is necessary to inform the authorities and drivers to manage early warnings.

It is also important to avoid traffic on steep slopes.

In accordance with the above, consult and share the information available with the social media tools, mentioned in their order: VI @ JERO SEGURO, # 767, Twitter @ numeral767 and the website www.invias.gov.co, to know how the country’s road corridors behave.

The rainy season resulting from the passage of hurricane Iota will affect the country as a whole / Photo Archive (EFE)
The rainy season resulting from the passage of hurricane Iota will affect the country as a whole / Photo Archive (EFE)

Recommendations for electrical storms, strong winds or gales

Find a safe haven.

Do not expose yourself in open areas, under trees and tall metal structures, since they could be subject to shocks.

Avoid sports activities in open areas at the time of storms.

Ensure and check the condition of roofs and elevated structures that may collapse at any given time due to strong winds, above normal.

Carry out cleaning work on roofs, downspouts and drains.

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