The 2019 presidential election is around the corner and there is an uproar of pandemonium about the safety of citizens in case of any riot or clash by any of the political parties in other to prevent the other side from gaining votes.
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Although the election was postponed to 23rd Feb 2019 due to some reasons best known to the INEC officials, its no harm to maintain all level of safety in the course of this election.
Here are a few safety tips;
Stock up on food and water (at least 1 week’s supply) in case Markets and stores aren’t open or you can’t go out. Prioritize non-perishable food like those stored in cans over fresh food that takes time to cook and requires freezing (in case the power in your area is cut off). Don’t forget about cooking Gas or kerosine!
Stock up on enough fuel for your generator in case there’s no electricity. Also make sure there’s a full-tank of fuel in all of your vehicles just incase a need arise or scarcity.
Note; Do not over stock fuel o!!
Make sure you withdraw enough cash to keep in-hand in case there’s no working ATM near you so you have 1 less reason to go outside your house.
4. Equipments & Necessities.
Ensure you stock up on equipment such as flashlights, batteries, candles, medical supplies (e.g. First Aid Boxes), recharge cards (or add sufficient credit to your phone), make your subscriptions ( to make being indoors worthwhile) etc.
Stay away from Political Rallies, Gatherings and Protests as much as possible. If you must attend then be vigilant. Wait till you get to safe area before updating your Social Media.
6. Home Security
In the case of civil unrest, keep yourself and your family indoors at all times and keep your homes locked down. Ensure that all windows and doors are secure.
Park your vehicles in secure areas, preferably within the walls of your compound and well away from the main roads.
8. Emergency Contacts
Remember your State Police Emergency Numbers and the numbers for the Medical Emergency Services and Fire Services.
Notify them in the event of any emergency (Note: Please do not just post tweets and ask that others RT- Retweet till it gets to the authorities, in the time it takes a tweet to circulate a life could be lost or assets damaged).
Make sure all your family members (especially those living with you) know the numbers to call in case of any emergency. Discuss with them about what to do in case of an emergency or in case you get separated for any reason.
Know at least 2 routes to your office and back to your home. You can confirm the safety of routes via updates and reports on your google maps.
In all you do, stay safe.
Cc: Officer. Bruno Chigozie Opara