The specialized search and rescue team for valleys and flood-hit areas at Abu Dhabi Police set up position as of Wednesday morning in Al Hayl area in the emirate of Fujairah, as a precautionary measure to handle any emergencies that may occur in case the tropical storm Ashobaa hits the eastern part of the UAE, along the coast of Fujairah.

Brigadier Eng. Hussein Ahmed Al Harithi, Director General of Central Operations at Abu Dhabi Police, indicated that the team, which was recently formed by the Emergency and Public Safety Department, has completed preparations to deal with any potential emergency that may arise, should Ashobaa turn into a potential severe cyclonic storm. This endeavor receives vigilant follow-up from Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and reflects the police leadership’s vision, on the need to ensure preemptive preparedness to respond to any emergency situation.

Brigadier Al Harithi noted that the team has currently deployed to the area, and is fully equipped to provide integrated support and assistance to other competent entities, in a bid to offer help to the public if need be.

Elaborating on the details of the operation, Captain Mohammed Hassan Al Hosani, Head of the Sea-based Emergency team, said that the team is at the ready and has been provided with modern safety and rescue equipment and specialized inflatable boats in order to carry out search and rescue operations in flood-hit areas and torrential waters, as well as advanced wireless communication devices, among others. The team consists of 31 highly-skilled Emirati officers who have undergone extensive specialized courses and have acquired international accreditations in this field.

The Ministry of Interior called upon fishermen and surfers to avoid the sea until the storm settles, and to follow weather forecasts and all bulletins issued by the Meteorological Centers and competent authorities. It also urged them to abide by the instructions and guidelines and to exercise caution in order to maintain their safety.
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