Hurricane season in The Bahamas is here again (June 1st – November 30th), and we here at Mario Carey Realy want to make sure that everyone is prepared for it. With 21 anticipated named storms, 4 of which are anticipated to be a threat, you want to be properly prepared.
Follow this easy-to-follow guide to ensure that you and your family and friends are safe this hurricane season:
Before the storm:
– Make sure to find all safe evacuation routes inland.
– Become aware of the locations of ALL official shelters.
– Make sure you have all the necessary equipment such as flashlights, generators, and battery-powered equipment such as cell phones and your NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards receiver.
– Buy food that will keep, and store drinking water.
– Buy plywood, shutters, or other material to protect your home if you don’t already have it.
– Trim trees and shrubbery so branches don’t fly into your home.
– Clear clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
– Figure out where to move your boat.
– Review your insurance policy to make sure they cover flood damage.
– Find pet-friendly hotels on your evacuation route (for those with animals they can’t live without)
During the Storm:
When in a “Watch” Area:
– Frequently listen to radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards for official bulletins of the storm’s progress.
– Fuel and service family vehicles.
– Inspect and secure mobile home tie downs.
– Ensure you have extra cash on hand.
– Prepare to cover all windows and doors with shutters or other shielding materials.
– Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first aid supplies, drinking water and medications.
– Bring in light-weight objects such as garbage cans, garden tools, toys and lawn furniture.
When in a Warning Area:
– Closely monitor radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards for official bulletins.
– Close storm shutters.
– Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
– Stay with friends or relatives at a low-rise inland hotel or at a designated public shelter outside the flood zone.
– DO NOT stay in a mobile or manufactured home.
– Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the warned area of your evacuation plans.
– Take pets with you if possible, but remember, most public shelters do not allow pets other than those used by used by people with disabilities. Identify pet-friendly hotels along your evacuation route.
Plan to Leave if You:
– Live in a mobile home. They are unsafe in high winds no matter how well fastened to the ground.
– Live on the coastline, an offshore island or near a river or a flood plain.
– Live in a high rise building. Hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.