What to do in the various stages of a hurricane

An alert 

Check emergency supplies and items for securing your home. Stock up. 

Assess your home and make necessary repairs. 

Remove overhanging limbs and fruit from trees. 

Decide whether you need to stay with friends or relatives or go to a shelter. 

Find out which shelter is closest to you and how you will get there if you need to. 

Fill vehicles with gas and, if necessary, withdraw some cash from the bank. 

Make arrangements for your pets in case you have to go to a shelter. 

Stay tuned to radio and television stations as well as www. caycompass.com for updated information from the National Hurricane Committee. 

A watch 

Stay tuned to radio and television stations as well as www. caycompass.com for updated information. 

Prepare your property for high winds: 

Take lawn furniture inside along with trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by the wind. 

Prepare to cover all windows and doors with shutters or other shielding materials. 

Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. 

Stock up on prescription medications. 

Check your disaster supply kit. 

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

Have extra cash on hand 

Fuel and service family vehicles 


A warning 

Before storm strikes: 

Stay tuned to radio and television stations as well as www. caycompass.com for updated information and official instructions. 

Listen to the advice of officials and evacuate if necessary.  

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

Remove outside antennas and satellite dishes to prevent damage or loss. 

Stay away from beaches and other low areas. 

Close storm shutters. 

Close curtains and blinds to minimize danger of flying glass if windows are broken. 

Do not make any unnecessary phone calls. 

Put your food and other hurricane supplies in plastic bags. 

Bring pets indoors. 

If you are remaining at home, go indoors and stay there. 

Park vehicles inside the garage or away from trees. 

Close all interior doors. Secure and brace exterior doors. 

Have a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. 

Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest setting. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly. 

Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities. 

Turn off propane tanks. 

Unplug small appliances. 

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. 

Disconnect downspouts from cisterns and close all cistern openings. 

Fill bathtub and large containers with water in case tap water is unavailable. Use water in tubs for cleaning and flushing only. Do NOT drink it. 


During the hurricane: 

Do not leave your house during the storm. 

Stay on the leeward (downwind) side of the house, away from windows. 

Do not go outside while the eye is passing, unless absolutely necessary.  

If your roof or walls begin to fail, go to an inner room (preferably one without windows), or to a cupboard passageway and shield yourself with a mattress. 


If winds become strong: 

Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway. 

Close all interior doors. Secure brace external doors. 

If you are in a two story house, go to an interior first floor room. 

If you are in a multi-story building and away from water, go to the first or second floor and stay in the halls or other interior rooms away from windows. 

Lie on the floor under a table or other sturdy object. 


Reprinted from the Cayman Free Press 2012 Hurricane Supplement, which is available at the Cayman Free Press office at 19 Shedden Road and online at caycompass.com 

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