June 2018 is now well on its way and we are already into this years hurricane season. Lets hope its gentle with us, but as we say and as we do, 'Hope for the best, plan for the worst.'
Preparedness at this stage is the key so make sure you have the following in place:
Check out information sources in the Turks and Caicos Islands - the Department of Disaster Management and Emergency (DDME) have a Facebook Page at DDME. The Government webpage is https://www.gov.tc/ddme/
Check out also the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) source of information and get the 'Windy' weather app for your smartphone or tablet.
If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.
Make sure your shutters are working and strong.
Review your security arrangements and make sure your valuables are locked away in case you need to evacuate quickly unless you can take them with you.
Lets hope its a quiet season.