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.