Nevis Disaster Management Communications
Nevis Disaster Management Department
Hurricanes can be dangerous, listening to the hurricane warning messages and planning ahead can reduce the chances of injury or major property damage.
BEFORE A HURRICANE
Know your Emergency Shelters
Have a Hurricane Survival Kit
Trim back branches from trees
Check into your Home and Auto Insurance
Make arrangements for pets and livestock
Develop an emergency communication plan
DURING A HURRICANE WATCH
Listen to the radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
Check emergency supplies.
Get cash (in case ATMs stop working after the hurricane)
Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows.
Remove outside antennas and satellite dishes.
Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
Store drinking water in clean jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.
Bring pets safely inside with adequate food and water.
Charge cell phone
Check your Hurricane Survival Kit to ensure it contains all that you will need.
DURING A HURRICANE WARNING
Listen constantly to a radio or television for official instructions.
Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.
Stay inside, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors.
Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.
If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power “surge” when electricity is restored.
Put your refrigerator on the coldest setting and keep its doors closed. Turn off utilities if instructed to do so.
Keep phone lines clear except for serious emergencies
If you need to evacuate your home, lock up home and go to the nearest shelter.
Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.
AFTER A HURRICANE
Make sure that you listen for official information to ensure that the all-clear announcement has been given. Do not leave your home until you hear the all-clear announcement.
Do not go outside bare-footed or in slippers
Keep phone lines free for important calls
Get medical attention for persons injured
Help your family, neighbours and community
Assist in search and rescue, and community response efforts.
Clear roads and clean up debris from surrounding areas.
Begin temporary repairs
Report damage to utilities
Watch out for secondary hazards, fire, flooding, etc
Do a damage assessment and co-operate with Assessors.
Visitors should inform the relevant authorities of their location as soon as possible