Bahamas Real Estate | Hurricane Season in The Bahamas

 

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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)
 
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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.
 
You can find all of this information here:
 
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