June 1,  marks the start of the hurricane season and it runs through to the  month of November. It is very important that preparations be made in the event we do experience a hurricane. Hurricane preparations are any activity that is geared towards reducing the impacts or  getting people at a state  of readiness in the event a hurricane do impact an area. Preparations can be  Structural or non structural. The more prepared you are the better you are to deal with  disaster. Preparation helps to reduce the recovery time as well.

At the start of the season

  • Ensure your house is  structurally sound: do inspections and repairs
  • Keep an adequate  supply of ply boards, lumbers, nails
  • Prune  large vegetation in and around your yard
  • Have emergency supplies:  first aid kits, flashlights, lantern/lamps, matches, lighters etc
  • Know the vulnerability of your area
  • Know your  shelters  and  shelter managers
  • Compile emergency  contact list
  • Drain  cleaning activities
  • Compile a contact list with all relevant  authority

Hurricane  Warning
This is an advisory that means the hurricane could pose a threat to the area within 48 hours.

  • Listen  to weather updates
  • Stock  up on  medication and have  a first aid kit at hand
  • Fill car(s)  with petrol
  • Fill containers with  water for domestic  usage  and drinking. (Label each)
  • Keep  an  adequate  amount of cash at hand
  • Stock up on non-perishable food items
  • Have batteries, radios, flashlights, candles lantern at hand and ensure all equipment are tested

Hurriicane  Watch
This is an advisory that the storm is expected to hit within 36 hours

  • Listen  to advisories
  • Obey  evacuation  orders
  • Batten down  windows and doors
  • Secure all important  documents
  • Charge all  celluar phones 
  • Pregnant females  should go to the  nearest hospital

During a Hurricane

  • Stay indoors
  • Listen to advisories
  • Stay calm

After a Hurricane

  • Ensure your family is safe
  • Seek medical attention for injuries
  • Report all broken  powerlines, sewer lines, pipelines and all other damages to the relevant Authorities
  • Do not  go outside barefooted
  • Do not touch loose powerlines
  • Boil  all water  that will be consumed