Historically, 90 percent of all hurricane casualties have occurred from
drowning and 10 percent from other causes. Therefore, it is imperative that
all persons should evacuate cayes, beaches and other locations which may be
swept by high tides or storm waves. Evacuate to a recommended place of
Remember that the highest tide occurs during the second half of the storm
and that the rise of the water may take place very rapidly immediately
following the eye of the storm or the time of the lowest barometric
pressure. If your only passage to high ground is over a road subject to
flooding, leave early. Do not run the risk of being marooned or having to
evacuate at the height of the storm amid flying debris.
Hurricane Safety Rules:
- Stay tuned to radio and television stations for
- Rely only on official bulletins; do not check these
over the telephone.
- As long as your house is inland and well built-with
strong foundations and a good roof, stay at home.
- Use storm shutters or board windows securely, Protect
- Stock up on food which has a long shelf life.
- Check that oil and butane stoves are in working
order- replenish stock of kerosene, charcoal and butane.
- Sterilize baths; all containers and cooking utensils
to store water. If in doubt, drink boiled or
treated water only.
- Keep flashlights, candles and storm lanterns handy
along with batteries and matches.
- Store all garden implements and furniture inside if
- Lighten foliage of fruit trees near buildings. If
very strong winds are likely, remove all coconuts.
- If you are evacuating, leave early so that you are
not stranded by flooded roads, fallen trees, wires and traffic jams and
make sure you have enough fuel in your vehicle and follow routes and
- If there is a lull after the 'eye' of the storm has
passed, stay in a safe place, except to make emergency repairs. The wind
may return suddenly with even greater strength.
- Since 90 percent of hurricane casualties occur from
drowning, you must evacuate islands and beaches and other vulnerable
locations as early as possible.
- Those seeking shelter should shut off water, gas and electricity
before leaving home.
Note: Pets are not
allowed at shelters, you need to make your own
arrangements for the safety of your pets.