Today’s Editorial 17: Time to get prepared

Don’t panic.

Yes, Hurricane Dean is marching across the Caribbean and we don’t know exactly what his arrival into the Caribbean Sea will mean to us in the Cayman Islands.

Don’t panic.

But be vigilant.

Don’t wait until Government posts a Hurricane Alert to stock up on hurricane supplies and to get your business or home ready for a storm.

Many businesses will be closing their doors early today to allow staff time to make storm preparations.

We urge those who are given the time to use it just for that purpose.

Supermarkets and home repair stores will likely be open Sunday if Hurricane Dean continues on its tracks and heads toward the Cayman Islands.

Already we were seeing shoppers stocking up on hurricane supplies as early as Wednesday afternoon and continued into Thursday.

It’s a sure bet there will be even more shoppers in the stores today.

Please remember to keep your cool and be patient as long lines form and shelves empty of desired items.

That is why it is so important to stock up on hurricane supplies before the hurricane season gets into full swing.

Crowded lines and heated tempers make for an already stressful situation of waiting for the arrival of a storm even worse.

If you haven’t stocked up on needed supplies, get out there and do it.

Hurricane Dean is giving us a little more lead time than Hurricane Ivan in September 2004, giving us at least an extra day to fill up our vehicles with gasoline, check our shutters and buy supplies.

As Hurricane Deans moves through the Caribbean, we at Cayman Free Press will monitor news about the storm coming from the Government and putting updates on our website, www.caycompass.com

We’ll also be helping CUC, the Water Authority and others get information to our online readers.

Also on the website is the Cayman Free Press Hurricane Supplement, which is full of useful information about what to do before, during and after a storm.

And if you haven’t gotten your supplies, check the supplement for a thorough list of what you’ll need.

Good luck and be safe.

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