As we all know the hurricane season has officially started and will run from June 1st until November 30th 2016 and with that being said, we would like to help you get prepared for this busy hurricane season.
Here are 10 important Tips you should keep in mind.
1. Shelters – know where your hurricane shelter is in your community or the location of the nearest shelter.
2. Exit Route – Cayman roads are easily flooded so keep this in mind when deciding whether to ride out a storm at home.
3. Batteries – if we are hit by a major storm we will be out of electricity for few days or even weeks so having extra batteries for your flashlights as well as battery packs that you can use is important.
4. Food & Water – when it comes to food and water, this is something you never want to run out of so having a stock of nonperishable food items and an ample supply of water is crucial.
5. First Aid Kit – having a good first aid kit at home is very necessary, especially if you have kids; small cuts or scratches when exposed to standing water can become infected and pose a health risk if medical attention is not readily available.
6. Fuel – make sure all your vehicles are fueled up in case you have to leave your area.
7. Car charger – Make sure your phone is fully charged and you have a car charger or an extra phone battery.
8. To go bags – have a “to go bag/bags” packed for each member of the family so that you are prepared to evacuate your premises; you may only have a few minutes to get you and your family to safety.
9. Extra cash – always have a little money put away in a safe place for a Hurricane emergency as ATM machines may not be functioning or accessible. If you need to leave your home or even the island on very short notice having some extra cash put aside just for this purpose will be convenient and will give you peace of mind.
10. Important medication & Documents – All Meds should be refilled prior to a storm alert and if you need to evacuate the islands make sure to have refills. Passports, Birth and Marriage certificate and any important documents should be in a water proof container.
“Be Safe – Hurricane season can be very stressful and a decision could seem sound at the time but turn out badly. If you see high water turn around and take another route. If you are concerned about a storm heading your way, leave early. It’s better to be safe than sorry”.
“Help Out– If you and your family are safe then go check on your neighbors. In rough times, we need to make sure we take care of the people around us and keep the community safe. Try to reach out and make sure any elderly neighbors are safe and that no one is trapped in their homes”.
“Stay up to date on the weather and check the websites below to find out ways you can be ready for Hurricane Season”.