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Hurricane Supplement


Be Informed
Knowledge is the first line of defence against the threat of hurricanes.
  • Know the risk factors from storm surge, flooding and wind for your area and gauge your home’s vulnerability in order to evaluate your personal safety.
  • Identify your nearest official public shelter and designated Emergency Medical Centre.
  • Know when to take action – Watch versus Warning. Follow local advisories.
  • Devise and share a comprehensive family plan, ensuring provision for pets, boats and vehicles.
  • Check insurance coverage is up-to-date and relevant to your needs.
  • Track hurricane activity on a map and educate yourself about the dynamics of a storm.
Pre-storm Preparation 101
Make a planget a kit.
  • Stock up on emergency supplies (non-perishable food, water – one gallon per person per day, first aid, prescription medications) to last each person 3 – 7 days.
  • Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit, including essential documentation and provisions for the young, elderly and any family pets.
  • Inspect property, make repairs and ensure complicity with hurricane codes in your area.
  • Minimise damage by removing debris from the surrounding area – anything that could become a hazardous missile in heavy winds should be brought inside or anchored firmly in place.
  • Install hurricane shutters on doors and windows. Alternatively, cut and label plywood sheets for each opening.
  • Prepare electrical items within the home: charge useful items and unplug appliances.
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to maximum settings. When electricity is disconnected, turn off all breakers for branch circuits to avoid overloading the grid when power is reinstated.
  • Have access to a battery-powered radio, torches and lanterns with spare batteries.
  • Disconnect your car battery. Keep booster cables and spare automotive fuses on hand.
  • Fuel up vehicles and obtain fuel for any portable generators.
  • Create and execute a sound plan to protect your boat.
  • Withdraw extra cash in case of bank closures following the storm.
Essential Documentation
Preparing a grab bag in advance will save headaches later on.
  • Secure passports and essential documentation in heavy-duty waterproof bags/containers.
  • Check that you have credit cards, insurance documents, medical records and bank account details.
  • Take up-to-date exterior and interior photographs of your property, including furniture and equipment for insurance claims.
  • Make an up-to-date inventory of possessions.
  • Protect important personal items (photographs, birth/marriage certificates, etc.).
Communication
Keeping in touch with family, friends and authorities is vital in any emergency situation.
  • Charge all phones and laptops prior to hurricane. Obtain spare batteries and car chargers.
  • Purchase extra credit on prepaid mobile phones.
  • Protect phones from water damage by using heavy-duty, waterproof bags.
  • Programme emergency telephone numbers into your phone and ensure family members have contact numbers for communication during and after a storm.
Generators
If using a portable generator, know your stuff.
  • Familiarise and follow operational instructions for safe generator use. Deaths and injuries from electric shock, fire and carbon monoxide poisoning have been attributed to improper use.
  • NEVER use a generator indoors or in partially enclosed spaces.
  • Install battery-operated or plug-in Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms with battery back-up, according to manufacturer’s installation instructions, and test CO alarm batteries frequently.
Preparing your business
If employees are clear about expectations and responsibilities, hurricane preparation should be a breeze.
  • The safety of employees comes first. Prepare, distribute and exercise your Business Disaster Recovery Plan.
  • Secure computer data, equipment, hard copy files and any other vital information necessary to keep your company running during and after the hurricane. Back up electronic information and store disks safely.
  • Discuss with your insurance agent the extent of your coverage and ensure it fits your requirements.
  • Once an alert is issued, listen for and follow the advice of local authorities.
  • Set up lines of communication between the Disaster Reaction Coordinator and essential staff.
  • Ready the building by shuttering windows, clearing compounds and sandbagging doors.
  • Allow non-essential staff to go home to secure their properties and make personal preparations.
Evacuation
Local officials can order evacuations if they believe an approaching storm will be a safety hazard or cause serious damage.
  • If you decide to evacuate, do so early.
  • Prior to the commencement of hurricane season, organise Visas (if required) and ensure passports are current.
  • Arrange accommodations in advance and ensure that at least one person has your contact details.
  • As you may be away for an indefinite length of time, make arrangements for your property and family pets with this in mind.
Website Resources:
  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • BVI
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Turks & Caicos
  • USVI
  • USA & Puerto Rico
    National Weather Service
    San Juan, PR Weather Forecast Office
    4000 Carretera 190
    Carolina, PR 00979
    787-253-4586
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Shelters:

  • Anguilla
    Bethel Methodist Church Hall (South Hill)
    Ebenezer Methodist Church (The Valley)
    First Baptist Church (Welches)
    Mount Fortune Seventh-Day Adventist Church (East End)
  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
    CEDARBRIDGE ACADEMY
    Cedarbridge Academy Gymnasium
    1 Cedarbridge Lane
    Prospect DV 02

    THE WHITNEY INSTITUTE
    59 Middle Road
    Smith's FL04

    There are other school and church sites that may be used as Emergency Shelters in the case of a disaster. The Emergency Measures Organization will determine which sites will be opened based on the specific circumstances of the disaster. The Emergency Shelters identified for use for the public will be announced in the Emergency Broadcast Station, FM 100.1 MHz once they have been arranged. If you need to evacuate your home take your pre-assembled emergency supplies with you to the nearest Emergency Shelters.

Throughout the hurricane season you should always check your local shelter list is up-to-date. The above list is subject to change.


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