Today’s Editorial June 01: Now is the time to prepare

The long wait officially begins today.

It’s 1 June and that means it’s the beginning of yet another hurricane season.

Are you ready?

We hope so, but if not, look inside today’s Caymanian Compass and find our free hurricane guide for 2006.

It’s chock full of information about what you should do to prepare your home and property in the event of a catastrophic storm.

Inside you’ll find a list of the items you need to have on hand if bad weather threatens.

Not sure about what to do during a threat, watch or warning? Turn to the guide.

There are even some recipes in there for making homemade meals without electricity.

We joyfully produce this guide each year as a public service to our loyal readers.

While many of you have been through hurricanes before, it never hurts to check over safety information just one more time.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States Department of Commerce has predicted that this hurricane season will be active, with 13 to 16 named storms.

Eight to 10 of those are forecast to become hurricanes and four to six of those could become major hurricanes of Category 3 or stronger.

Those predictions will stand until August when NOAA will issue an update just prior to the normal August through October peak in storms.

While this season isn’t predicted to be as active as last year when huge storms like Katrina and Rita battered the Gulf Coastal states of the United States, things still could be bad.

But face it.

Just one hurricane hitting you where you live makes any hurricane season a bad one.

Although the season officially kicks off today, you’ve still got time to stock up on hurricane supplies, practice hurricane drills and ensure you’ve got the proper shutters.

Take this time to familiarize yourself with the various shelters Government will offer in case of a bad storm and determine now if your home will be safe or if you should evacuate to either a shelter or off the island.

Businesses should, by now, have on hand a hurricane action plan and make sure all staff members know what to expect before, during and after a hurricane.

Those of us who remained in the Cayman Islands during Hurricane Ivan in September 2004 learned some valuable lessons, which we can pass on to those who either left or who are new to the country.

Remember that the best way to survive any hurricane is to do advance work and prepare.

Hurricane Season 2006 is here.

Are you ready?

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