The Hurricane season usually occur between June 1 and November 30
Hurricane Watch - Hurricane conditions are possible in the specified area of the WATCH, usually within 36 hours.
Hurricane Warning - Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the WARNING, usually within 24 hours.
Preparing For a Hurricane
- Prepare a Personal Evacuation Plan. Identify ahead of time an alternative place where you could go if you are told to evacuate. Choose several places i.e. a friend's home, a hospital, or a shelter.
- Keep handy the telephone numbers of these places as well as a road map. You may need to take alternative or unfamiliar routes if major roads are closed.
- Listen to or local radio or TV stations for evacuation instructions. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Trim tall trees that are close to homes and electrical wires
- Remove unused building material and tools from around the house - go hazard hunting
- Clean guttering and drains on a regular basis
- Assemble a Disaster Supplies and First Aid Kit. This includes essential medications, canned food supplies and water to last for at least seven days
- Assemble an Emergency Kit that would contain small tools like plastic sheeting, rain gear, blankets, sleeping bags, work gloves, flash lights, boots, tools, portable radio and batteries.
- Secure and keep with you all important documents like your passport, marriage certificates, birth certificates, deed, in a water resistant air-tight bag.
- If you live in low-lying areas it is best you get to a safe spot or stay with a friend during periods of heavy rainfall.
- If you are wheel-chaired bound, stay in it. Move to cover, if possible, lock your wheels, and protect your head.
- Prepare for High Winds. Install hurricane shutters or 1/2" outdoor plywood boards for each window of your home.
- Fill your car's gas tank.
During a Hurricane
- Remain calm and stay out of danger
- Stay indoors and away from windows (flying objects can become missiles)
- Beware of the eye of the storm, it is a false calm
- Listen to your radio for updates
After a hurricane
- Check for missing persons. Contact the Police or Fire services immediately if someone is missing
- If you evacuated, return home when local officials tell you it is safe to do so
- Inspect your home for damage.
- Stay clear of fallen electric lines. Contact the utility company if necessary
- Do not go sight-seeing or roaming
- Boil water for drinking or cooking unless told it is safe to do otherwise
- Attend to the injured and special population like the elderly, children and the visibly impaired
- Do not use food from flood water
- Listen to your radio for updates, information and further instructions