Hurricane Warning: What Should You Do?

Issued: Wednesday, 6 July, 2005; 10:30p.m.

A Hurricane Warning means adverse weather from a hurricane, in this case Hurricane Dennis, could affect the Cayman Islands within 24 hours. A Hurricane Warning is your signal to make final preparations and to be ready to take refuge.

Here are some things you should do to prepare:

Outside

Put up shutters or board up windows, glass doors and skylights. Wedge sliding glass doors and windows to prevent them from lifting from their tracks.

Bring in or securely tie down everything that could be blown away, such as outdoor furniture, potted plants, clothes racks, garden tools, garbage pans, etc.

Remove antennas and satellite dishes to prevent damage or loss.

Disconnect downspouts from cisterns and close all cistern openings.

Inside

Sterilize bathtub, pans, jugs and bottles and fill with water.

Turn refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and open as little as possible.

Raise furniture, appliances and other valuables off the floor. Cover and secure with plastic sheets. If your house has more than one storey, take valuables to upper floors.

Fill vehicles with gasoline and, if necessary, withdraw some cash from the bank to have on hand after the storm.

Your final preparations should include the following actions, which you should complete before winds begin to pick up:

Turn off outside gas cylinders and disconnect gas pipes.

Put your food and other hurricane supplies in plastic bags and containers so they won t get wet.

Bring pets indoors. If you have to leave home and cannot find accommodation for your pets, leave them indoors along with food and litter. Fill the bathtub and basin with water and brace the bathroom door open so they will have drinking water if water containers get knocked over. Make sure they are wearing identifying collars with metal/plastic tags.

If you intend to stay with relatives or friends, or to take pets to a kennel, go early.

If you intend to go to a shelter, listen for announcements that the one nearest you is open. Before you leave, turn off the main power and fuel supply and take the items you have prepared.

Whether you are staying home or leaving, close curtains and blinds to minimise the danger of flying glass if windows are broken.

Park vehicles inside the garage or away from trees

If you are remaining at home, go indoors, secure and brace external doors. You can brace an inward-swinging door by wedging a chair with the back against the door knob.

Stay indoors, but be ready to evacuate to a shelter or other location if your home is damaged, or if you are instructed to do so by emergency personnel

Use telephone for emergencies only.

Stay tuned to local media for official notices and instructions from the

National Hurricane Committee.

A Warning remains in effect until the storm has passed or is no longer a threat.

For more information and storm updates, contact the Hurricane Information Hotline at 9463333 or visit the National Hurricane Committees website at www.gov.ky/nhc.

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