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Hurricanes

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

 

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