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 refuge.
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 regular bulletins.
- 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 outward door.
- 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 possible.
- 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 highways.
- 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.