Summer is coming! The breeze dies down, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea get warmer…and the weather conditions are ripe for hurricanes in Florida and the Caribbean. There are a few simple precautions to take to help safeguard you and yours.
First, get some approved containers to hold fresh water for washing but dont forget your bottled drinking water as well. Stock up on canned foods and other types of foods that wont go bad if there is no refridgeration. Keep in mind that if the power goes out, it could be weeks before it is restored. If you have a gas stove or grill, make sure the tank is full or have an extra one ready. Have your hurricane shutters ready to go. Make sure they are in good repair and you have plenty of extra screws.
Have a full first aid kit, flashlights, and plenty of batteries. Candles too. You can purchase radios and flashlights now that you simply wind up, some even have an extra outlet on them. If you have a generator, check fuel levels and make sure it is in good working condition.
Another good idea is to get together with your neighbors. Work on the buddy system. If there is damage in your area, once you are safe, get to your assigned neighbor and check on them.
If you have pets, make sure you have a plan for them. Have extra food (and cat litter) and have their cages and any medications ready if you need to evacuate. Make sure they are wearing a collar with name tags and up to date rabies tags.
Keep your fingers crossed that the U.S. Virgin Islands do not experience any hurricanes this summer. If we do, we are prepared.