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The Ultimate Guide to Hurricane Preparedness in the Caribbean

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“Be Prepared”

Hurricane Preparedness is the central theme of the annual Atlantic Hurricane Season from June 1 to November 30. The Caribbean is one of the most hazard-prone regions in the world thus making preparedness extremely critical. When one thinks of hurricane preparedness, it’s often stocking up on food and securing windows just before a hurricane strikes.

However, as climate change continues to strengthen the intensity of hurricanes forming each year, hurricane preparedness is mandatory before the hurricane season even starts. In this guide, we delve into what it means to be holistically prepared for the hurricane season at each stage before a hurricane strikes. 

Familiarize yourself with your National Disaster Offices and Emergency Shelters

The National Disaster Office (NDO) in every island holds the responsibility of coordinating a multi-hazard response with respective authorities. National and Regional response is coordinated with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). Here are some offices within the islands:

  1. Antigua and Barbuda: National Office of Disaster Service 
  2. Barbados: Department of Emergency Management 
  3. British Virgin Islands: Department of Disaster Management 
  4. Dominica: Office of Disaster Management
  5. Grenada: National Disaster Management Agency 
  6. St. Lucia: National Emergency Management Organization
  7. St. Vincent and the Grenadines: National Emergency Management Organization

The NDO, Met Office, and Government Information Systems are usually the first points of credible information for activity in the Atlantic. Hurricane watches and warnings would be issued to the public, but they are often misunderstood:

A hurricane watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours. A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 24 hours or less (cdema.org) 

Persons residing in flood or disaster-prone areas must be aware of emergency shelters within the parish because evacuation may be necessary. 

Prepare a Checklist of Important Personal Items

When a country is impacted by a hurricane, the severity of the damage can result in the loss of buildings, utilities like water and telecommunications.

It is of utmost importance to ensure that you stock up on key items like food and toiletries. Here are some items to consider for your hurricane preparedness checklist:

  • Water: persons with families should have a gallon per person for at least three days for drinking and sanitation purposes. A water purification kit (tablets, bleach, chlorine (plain) and iodine) is also a good investment 
  • Food: a three-day to two-week supply of non perishable items should be stored in a cool place. A manual can opener is also essential
  • Baby formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for pets
  • Change of clothes with sturdy shoes
  • First aid kit, prescription medicine and non-prescription medicine like pain relievers
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • A portable, battery powered radio to stay tuned for pending updates
  • Flashlight 
  • Extra batteries to power devices
  • Cell Phone with charger and extra batteries – ensure the phone is fully charged before impact
  • Toiletries including feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Handy items like wrenches, pliers, garbage bags and plastic ties should also be added to your kit
  • Plastic sheeting can be used as shelter and held in place with duct tape. A sleeping bag and blanket should also be added
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cash or traveler’s checks – electronic systems for credit cards may fail after an impact. Having an emergency supply of cash is advised. 
  • Matches kept in a waterproof container
  • Masks, soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces

Preparing your family for a hurricane

Preparing families for hurricanes is a critical factor in keeping children safe. There are many steps that can be taken to ensure the entire family is adequately prepared for an incoming hurricane.

An emergency plan must be developed, whereby each person is briefed on what to do through the different phases of a hurricane. Turning off gas, electricity, and water is a role each family member should have, and children should be knowledgeable of emergency numbers to call should something happen to parents.

Families living in flood or disaster-prone areas should plan to go to a hurricane shelter, and ensure to have as many items on the checklist as possible to be self-sufficient. If the family is separated, a plan to get back together must be developed. Here are some ways to plan for children during a hurricane:

  • Pack essentials like raincoats, masks, sanitizers, and medicine, especially given COVID-19 is now a factor.
  • Essential items like books, games, handheld and toys should be packed to keep children occupied. 
  • Ensure all devices are fully charged.
  • If your child is special needs know which shelters are accessible.

Preparing your home for a hurricane

In addition to preparing the members of your family and securing mandatory items on your checklist, the home must be prepared effectively given that it will be your first choice of shelter. Here are some hurricane preparedness tips for preparing your home:

  • Check into your Home and Auto Insurance: it is essential to review the extent of your coverage within your existing insurance policy for both the home and vehicle before impact
  • Trim branches from trees: if there are trees on or around your property that can fall on your home, ensure to trim them before the hurricane arrives.
  • Important documents must be stored in waterproof containers, or pictures should be taken of the papers to store them within the cloud of your device
  • Turn the refrigerator to the coldest settings and only open when it is necessary
  • Bring outdoor furniture like chairs inside, or anchor them safely outside from the wind. 
  • Store drinking water in clean jugs or bottles to ensure they remain safe for consumption 
  • Fuel the car in case you have to evacuate your home before an impact comes.
  • Invest in solutions to protect your windows and doors from impact

Preparing your business for a hurricane

Businesses stand to lose valuable documentation and other assets from hurricane damage. It is important to develop a plan specifically for businesses that factors in staff and property value:

A written hurricane preparedness communication plan is advised, alongside employee training for implementation. Before this is written consider the following:

  • Include plans for protection of plants and equipment
  • Develop a staffing policy that identifies which employees, if any, must be on site during a hurricane. A predetermined timeline of when employees must be onsite is necessary should telecommunication services be lost. 
  • All phases of hurricane must be accounted for: pre-season, hurricane watch, hurricane warning and after the hurricane. 

After preparation of a written communication plan, there are steps to be taken before a hurricane approaches:

  • Compile an emergency list with the contact numbers, addresses, and emergency contacts of employees, especially those assigned to remain onsite during a hurricane
  • Review insurance policies to ensure contents, records, and office equipment are covered 
  • Take account of all vital documentation like customer records and accounts receivable files. Make additional copies of these documents, secure them in waterproof storage, and store them above ground level and away from windows and walls. If possible, take photos of the documents to store them in the cloud of a device, on an external hard drive, or on microfilm. If the business is located in a disaster-prone area, consider storing documents off-site.
  • Check into facility maintenance to prepare the physical building as much as possible. This includes: 
    • Patching the roof and/or windows.
    • Checking security and floodlights.
    • Securing lightweight items around the property or moving them indoors.
    • Identifying emergency power options such as a generator, which should be tested frequently leading up to hurricane season.
    • Verifying if computers are needed during a hurricane and if so ensuring a laptop or another device is fully charged as back up.

Ensuring that external communications are operational

Lastly, a hurricane preparedness checklist of supplies for the business should also be purchased, clearly labeled, and stored in a secure area that staff is aware of. The checklist includes:

  • A battery-operated radio or TV: test the building’s reception before the hurricane
  • A flashlight for each person working during the hurricane.
  • Extra batteries for both radio and flashlights.
  • First-Aid kit.
  • Emergency tool kit, if necessary.
  • Non perishable food items and water supplies for staff assigned to the facility during the hurricane. Be sure to include needed utensils.

Preparing livestock for a hurricane

Farming in the Caribbean is without a doubt a necessary form of survival for individuals and families. For those rearing animals, a hurricane preparedness plan of action is needed to secure them. Here are some tips for effective preparation:

  • Evacuate livestock before a hurricane comes. If they cannot be evacuated, find solid shelter preferably on high ground or near a tree for cover. 
  • Ensure that the shelter is equipped with feed and hay (safe from water and wind), water and veterinary supplies. Should an animal be injured, a first aid kit would be handy. 
  • Smaller animals like rabbits could be kept indoors, wooden pens can be built to keep the animals in the garage
  • Only check on livestock after a storm has passed for personal safety

Securing your home and business

Hurricanes can result in significant destruction to homes and businesses. While persons tend to cover their windows with plywood, it is always safer to invest in fixtures that have been tested to withstand the strong winds and rains.

Talius offers a wide range of affordable hurricane protection products worthy of investment before and during the hurricane season. Each product can be tailored to the style of your property, and the range of choices allows you to decide on the look you want without compromising functionality. 

Rollshutters

At Talius Caribbean, our security rollshutters are crafted from resilient, durable aluminum. They are strong, secure, and durable thus creating a solid barrier between projectile objects on the outside and the contents of your property. They are retractable and are available with either a manual or motorized operation to ensure smooth, and convenient use. 

Colonial Shutters

Colonial shutters combine a decorative appeal, durability and superior weather protection. Both interior and exterior colonial shutters are created with multiple panels, allowing them to be operated individually  They are built to code and comply with the toughest standards, making them an excellent choice for hurricane-prone areas. 

Bahama Shutters

Our Bahamas shutters are the perfect additions to any property and are fitted with added security features, giving customers the best hurricane protection. The shutters can be quickly closed and secured without lifting or tools, which is effective when the weather changes. They are made out of the highest quality materials to provide year-round protection from extreme weather conditions

Accordion Shutters 

Accordion shutters are a popular form of hurricane protection, ideal for sliding glass doors, balconies, and windows. The cost effective component has caused a greater demand on the market, alongside the ease of operation for customers. This makes them suitable for both the young and the elderly. Our shutters are permanently installed to provide reliable protection. 

Hurricane Fabric 

An alternative to shutters that is worthwhile is Hurricane Fabric. Fabric storm panels have many advantages over traditional plywood or metal storm shutters, including:

  • Lightweight and easy to handle
  • Can be put up and taken down quickly
  • May fold or roll up for easy storage
  • Translucent material allows light to illuminate home

They consist of a strong, lightweight layer of woven fabric that is coated with a geo-synthetic PVC material. This reinforced material can be used to cover windows and doors, providing a barrier from flying projectiles and wind-blown rain in the strongest of tropical storms.

Talius Storm Panels 

For persons not looking to have a shutter system permanently installed on their property, Storm Panels are the ideal alternative as they can be removed and conveniently stored after a storm has passed. Our Storm Panels offer quick and reliable installation either horizontally or vertically. They’re easy to handle, easy to store, extremely strong, and they allow natural light to fill your living space while storm winds rage outdoors. Storm panels are less expensive than rollshutters, while still meeting all code and insurance requirements.

Clearly SAFE Panels 

Clear hurricane shutters are increasingly popular because they can be left on for the entire hurricane season. Business owners capitalize on this solution because the business does not appear closed in the last hours before the storm strikes. Clearly SAFE Panels are made from polycarbonate that has been proven to withstand impacts from debris without shatter, rust, or corrosion.

Generac Standby Power Generators

Our range of standby power generators by Generac offers confidence in knowing that your regular routine doesn’t need to come to a stop because of a power outage caused by hurricanes and storms. Standby power generators automatically start when there is a loss of power. Because it is automatic, you don’t have to leave the safety of your home to go outside and manually start a generator, where you’d be putting yourself at risk for injury or even death. Generac is a world leader in the portable and standby power generators systems.

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Are We in the Caribbean Hurricane Ready

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The Caribbean islands are incredibly beautiful vacation destinations. Luxurious resorts and wonderful local vibes make it a great place for residents and tourists alike. However, recent hurricanes with record-breaking wind speeds have caused significant damage to the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean.

Last year, hurricanes Maria and Irma wreaked havoc on the Caribbean island. Buildings and homes in Dominica were damaged beyond repair and the entire island’s annual agricultural production suffered a huge loss.

Barbuda’s entire population was evacuated to Antigua and other islands. Findings revealed by the World Bank suggest that Irma led to losses equivalent to 14% of GDP for Barbuda and Antigua, and around 200% of GDP for Dominica. The growing occurrence of hurricanes poses great risks to the security of 40 million people living in the region and the island’s economic development.

Development institutions and the World Bank were prompt to act and provided support to evaluate losses and damages. However, there is a great need to focus on preparing the Caribbean island and building infrastructure that resist the effects of natural disasters and that can be called hurricane ready.

Government authorities are striving to protect the island from the disastrous effects of climate change.  Building more resilient infrastructures will definitely prove to be more cost-effective than continually rebuilding weak structures which can be destroyed by hurricanes and storms.

The architecture of a hurricane-proof building or home must feature systems that sustain the effects of a hurricane. The elements that require the most attention are doors, windows and roofs.

Glass doors and windows are also vulnerable to flying objects. Homeowners can choose impact-resistant glass. However, this is an expensive solution. Another way to protect your home or building is to cover the glass with storm shutters.

People living in the Caribbean should also pay special attention to secure doors and window frames. Residents should also ensure that all lightweight roofs are securely fastened to the walls.

How to Stay Safe during a Hurricane?

The best course of action to be hurricane ready is prevention. Investing in robust and durable shutters is a great way to protect your family and house. Make sure you install good quality hurricane shutters around your house well before the hurricane season starts.

Moreover, every household or a commercial building in the Caribbean must be equipped with a backup generator that powers through an outage. Talius provides all the basic amenities you need to survive the fury and devastation of a storm or hurricane.

A reliable and robust Generac generator meets the power demands of businesses and consumers alike. The brand is committed to manufacturing innovative designs and machines that are environmentally friendly. The automatic version comes in handy when you can’t go outside to turn it on manually, especially during a hurricane.

At Talius, we offer premium products so everyone in the Caribbean can protect their houses and buildings.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget to stock up on other emergency supplies including protective clothing, water, food, medications, flashlights, tools and other important accessories to stay safe during a hurricane in the Caribbean.

 

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How to be Hurricane Prepared on a Limited Budget

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When it comes to hurricane preparedness, there are many things that you can do on a limited budget. Structural additions like rollshutters may not always be a feasible solution for a low-income family – even with financing options available for such purchases.

When a hurricane approaches, households across many Caribbean islands tend to go on a mad scramble to get supplies for their homes and themselves. In this article, we’ll look into some things you can do for cheap to prepare for the storm.

Buy a Crank Radio

Crank Radios are like conventional radios in every way except for the power source. As the name may suggest, crank radios are powered by turning a crankshaft, which charges a battery in the radio.

Conversely, there are also solar powered radios on the market as well, but without a light source, these radios will stop working. It is important to get a radio that you’ve tested the speakers, reception, and the rechargeable battery. Radios are important to have so you’ll be kept informed as to what is going with the storm and if the all-clear has been given.

Stock Up on Sale Items

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A popular hurricane preparedness tip is to stock up on canned goods and other non-perishable foodstuffs. However, you can buy the items you need over time and wait for them to go on sale. Overall, sometimes you can save anywhere between 10% and 40 % on some grocery items, and upwards of 25% on other items.

Plywood Sheets Vs. Storm Panels

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Firstly, it should be stated that plywood sheets over your windows are simply not an effective method of protection. There is one way but that requires some special equipment, which for those on a budget usually isn’t possible for financial reasons.

Using masking tape or duct tape across your windows is equally not a good idea, because if they are impacted by flying debris, the window will still be broken but instead of shattering, larger pieces of glass will remain, which can cause serious injuries or even death to those inside the house.

If aluminum rollshutters, Bahama or colonial shutters are not options, then we recommend using storm panels. Storm panels are made from extremely durable polycarbonate and represent the least expensive option of the permanent shutter systems. Storm panels are removable, so they don’t alter the aesthetic of the property. The downside is that they often require assistance in putting them up and can take around 20 minutes per window or door. When not in use, storm panels require storage but can be stacked for efficiency in space.

Request Hurricane Preparedness Items as Gifts

With Christmas and birthdays coming every year, it makes sense to ask friends and family to offer some inexpensive items for hurricane preparedness as gifts. It might seem a little tacky but it will save you money in the long run.

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How to Create a Hurricane Safe Room

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Many people don’t think about creating a safe room in their home for the advent of a hurricane. While circumstances can leave some with few choices or no choice but to take refuge in a local hurricane shelter and can give others valid reasons to stay. Anyone who lives in a low-lying area that could be flooded by torrential rain, high tides, and/or overflowing rivers, lakes, and streams created by a hurricane should do everything possible to find a way to evacuate when authorities recommend it. Drowning, after all, is the main cause of death during a hurricane.

That being said, a home that is outside of potential flood zones and that has been built with hurricane-resistant techniques and materials may be a safer alternative for some than evacuating. For example, evacuating can be a stressful experience for elderly parents or grandparents, or it may be important for a family member with health problems to remain near the health care providers who are familiar with his or her treatment and healthcare history. In such cases, building a hurricane safe room in your home adds an additional layer of reinforced protection.

Hurricane Protection Starts With Your Home’s Exterior

Hurricane resistant building techniques include the use of fasteners to anchor each part of your home to every other part of your home. The roof should be anchored to the walls and the walls should be anchored to the foundation to resist the uplift created as hurricane-force winds blow over the house. The walls should be anchored to each other to resist the horizontal force of the winds.

Standard practice for protecting homes and businesses before a hurricane is to board the windows up with plywood. If you plan to shelter in place in your home, though, rollshutters are a safer, stronger alternative. Rollshutters eliminate the worry that the plywood may sell out before you are able to purchase it. They eliminate the need to purchase new sheets of plywood each time a hurricane approaches, and the need to purchase and store sheets of plywood in advance to avoid paying exorbitantly high prices for it as a hurricane approaches. Rollshutters also eliminate the need to place more nail holes in the exterior of your home.

Choosing Your Safe Room

Your safe room should be a small, centrally located room on the first floor of your home. It should not be on an outside wall, and it should have solid walls and a solid ceiling with no windows or skylights. You should have as many walls as possible between you and the wind and any wind-borne objects, small and large. Because you will need to stay in your safe room for a number of hours and you may need space for sleeping, experts recommend that hurricane safe rooms should provide 10 square feet of floor space per person who will occupy the room.

If your proposed hurricane safe room does have windows, the ideal solution is to install high quality, long-lasting, aluminum hurricane shutters.

Constructing Your Safe Room

Line the walls of your safe room with two layers of 3/4″ (1.905 cm) plywood, one with the grain running vertically and one with the grain running horizontally. For added protection, you can line the interior side of the plywood with Kevlar® or 14-gauge steel. If you nail this protective shell to a frame of 2” x 4” (5.08 cm x 10.16 cm) boards with the Kevlar® or steel facing the frame instead of the walls of your room, you can create a room within a room that has walls and a ceiling that is independent of the walls and ceiling of your home. Anchor the ceiling of this independent safe room to its walls, anchor the walls to each other, and then anchor the entire independent safe room within a safe room to the foundation of your home. Apply drywall to the side of the frame of two-by-fours that faces the interior of your safe room, and finish it as you choose.

Because you may need to remain in your safe room for multiple hours as the hurricane passes, you should install a ventilation system that exchanges air with the interior of your home at a rate of between 5 ft3/m and 15 ft3/m (cubic feet per minute) per person who will occupy the room. You will need to create an opening for that.

Finally, replace the door and doorjamb of your safe room with a stronger one. Choose a steel doorjamb and strengthen the wood in the wall surrounding the door with steel angle iron.

Choose a heavy steel door or heavy, solid wood, exterior door to replace the lighter weight interior door. Choose a door with a 2-inch (5.08 cm) deadbolt lock, or replace the door’s lock with a 2-inch (5.08 cm) deadbolt. Mount the hinges so that the door opens inward so that it cannot be blocked by debris.

Before you begin installing the lock and door handle, strengthen the wood around them with either a brass or steel strike plate. You can choose either a keyless deadbolt or one that uses a key. Install the deadbolt so that it locks from inside the room. A deadbolt lock that uses a key might be the safer option if you have young children because they could lock themselves in a safe room with a keyless lock. If you choose a deadbolt that works with a key, have two keys on hand and keep them in two different locations in your home.

In Closing, creating a hurricane safe room in your home can be the most economical solution to defending against the high winds, and projectiles caused by hurricanes. Our superlative hurricane shutters are the first choice for your hurricane protection needs.

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How Do I Choose The Best Hurricane Shutters For My Home

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Afraid of a hurricane? You are not alone. Thankfully, there are many different ways to protect yourself and your property from this seemingly unstoppable force of nature. One of the simplest and the most aesthetically-pleasing methods is hurricane shutters. But there are so many of them on the market today. How can you choose the best solution? Let’s take a look.

  1. Consider Closing Time

When the storm hits, the shutters need to be closed and you have to do it fast. Since hurricane shutters are usually heavy and very durable in order to protect your home from the flying debris, they may take some time to close.

Depending on how many windows and doors you have in your home, the complete closing job may take up to a few hours. That’s why many people in hurricane-prone areas prefer to keep their shutters closed during the season. If you are not one of them, ask the manufacturer the approximate time it takes to close the shutters.

Talius storm shutters can be opened and closed manually or with the flick of a switch. Either way, our rollshutters can be closed in a few minutes.

  1. Look at The Price and Materials

Different types of hurricane shutters vary in pricing. However, the low cost always comes with some downsides. Most likely cheap shutters are not made out of durable enough materials. Always ask the manufacturer which materials are used. At Talius, we use aluminum for our shutters. Aluminum is one of the strongest materials and makes for some of the best hurricane shutters on the market, while still remaining lightweight, and easily customizable.

  1. Choose The Type of Hurricane Shutter System

There are many different types of hurricane shutters. Each comes with its own benefits for your particular case.

  • Rollshutters

As in our case, shutters are made out of aluminum. They can be either motorized or manually operated. These shutters are not moderately priced but look very stylish. The motorized system is an advantage when you need to close shutters quickly. Hurricane shutters also act as security shutters too.

  • Bahama Shutters

These shutters are aesthetically pleasing but can be rather heavy. They act as shade when not in use. Such shutters are easy to close and can save your home from flying debris and wind. They also offer extra anti-theft protection.

  • Colonial Shutters

Colonial shutters give your home a colonial look and feel, however, the may take a pretty long while to close. They provide storm and sun protection. Their major advantages are durability and an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

  • Accordion Shutters

Accordion shutters are one of the most affordable options while being almost as durable as its counterparts. They are light and easy to operate by one person. They somewhat lack attractive appearance but the maintenance is quick and easy.

  • Metal Shutters

Metal shutters are the most cost-efficient option. However, they need to be attached every time the storm is near and then removed when it’s gone. They also require storage space. The main advantages of these shutters are durability and price.

  1. Think About The Color

Most storm shutter options come in different colors. If you are installing permanent hurricane shutters, you need to make sure the color suits your house and preference while not going against your neighborhood’s rules.

  1. Check The Codes

When choosing which hurricane shutters to purchase, you need to make sure that they comply with construction and wind codes of your area. Sometimes, the hurricane shutters build for Texas are not suitable for Florida homes and vice versa. The manufacturer should make this information available to you upon request.

Choosing the right hurricane shutters is not an easy job. However, your safety and peace of mind are definitely worth the time you spend on research.

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How Do I Safeguard The Items I Need For The Aftermath Of A Hurricane

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If you live in certain hurricane-prone areas, you always have to be ready for one. Many people stop at securing the home from the outside. Meanwhile, protecting your belongings that are inside is just as important. Whether you leave your house to wait for the hurricane to subside or stay inside, these tips can help you weather the storm with minimal damages.

  1. Protect Important Documents

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When hurricane season comes, you have to get all of your important documents together in one place. Once the hurricane is underway, pack all the documents into a brightly colored Ziploc bag. Be realistic about what you can carry with you if you need to leave. Don’t pack any unnecessary things that can make your load too heavy. All the secondary documents should be packed in a waterproof bag and left at home.

Don’t forget to pack:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Stock certificates
  • Bank information
  • Insurance policy

 

  1. Use Rollshutters

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If you haven’t installed rollshutters yet, prior to the hurricane season is the time to do so. Rolling shutters can protect your doors and windows from the strong winds. Once the hurricane gets inside your home, it can wreak havoc. While you can protect some of the belongings, most of them are bound to be ruined. That is why protecting the weak spots in your home, such as windows, is vital.

Rolling shutters don’t just offer hurricane protection, they can serve as blinds and keep your house safe from break-ins.

  1. Adjust Your Refrigerator

Power outages are common during hurricanes. If you want to keep your food safe for as long as possible, adjust your refrigerator to the lowest settings. Put as many items as you can inside the freezer.

  1. Unplug the Appliances

If you are planning to evacuate during the hurricane, make sure to unplug all the appliances and remove the air conditioner fuses. This can keep your belongings safe during the power surges and prevent a fire.

  1. Protect Your Data

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If you have any important files on your desktop computer, make sure to copy them all to a cloud or an external drive, which you can take with you. In fact, don’t stop backing the data after the hurricane so you are always ready for a computer failure.

  1. Do Necessary Repairs

If you want to ensure your belongings stay safe inside your home, you have to reinforce your house. Before the hurricane season hits, fix the leaky roof and reinforce loose siding. Take care of all the hanging tree branches that could pose a danger for damaging your home.

  1. Clean Drains and Gutters

If you don’t want to risk roof leaks that will lead to serious property damage, make sure all the drains and gutters are cleaned so the water is properly diverted from the house.

  1. Take a Smart Approach To Storage

If you have items that you don’t use on a regular basis, take them out of your house. Consider sending them to hurricane-safe storage for the season.

Why Hurricanes Are Getting Stronger

Why Are Hurricanes Getting Stronger?

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The speed and the power of tropical cyclones (also called typhoons and hurricanes, depending on the location) are getting stronger due to the factor of global warming. Scientists believe that very soon, such monster storms like Katrina in 2005 (the deadliest hurricane in US history), Harvey in 2017 (the most recent Texas disaster), and most recently Hurricane Irma will pale in comparison.

For many years, global warming fighters have been warning people about the consequences of ocean warming, including the increase in storm activity. For example, back in 1998, a research team from MIT calculated that each 1°C added to the temperature will result in a 5% storm wind speed increase.

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In 2008, scientists from FSU compared the hurricane force to the average annual temperature for the past 25 years. They found that the warmer the water is, the stronger the storms become. For 13 out of the 17 most dangerous hurricanes, the intensity increased by 31% for each 1°C of temperature increase. The scientists advised that the storm activity appeared as a result of complicated multi layered processes; however, as the temperature increased, the effect of the rest of the factors intensified and we get a big and powerful hurricane.

At the very core of the contemporary hurricane research lays the fact that excess warmth in the air or the ocean is a form of energy. The storms get their power from that energy. We don’t know whether this temperature increase leads to a rise in the number of cyclones. Some scientists believe that the number may even be going down while the power of each of them is intensifying.

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However, there is other research showing that hurricanes don’t seem to be getting stronger with time due to global warming. The variety of the different studies makes it difficult to find the truth.

What we do know is that due to global warming, the system has an excess of energy. What we don’t know is if it affects the hurricanes in some special way.

The Power Dissipation Index is the measurement of a hurricane’s intensity. The analysis of the index shows that since the 1970s, hurricane energy is growing. The hurricane speed is increasing at about two miles per hour every 10 years. While it doesn’t seem like much, such an increase can lead to unfortunate consequences. More and more intense hurricanes are damaging the planet. Some scientists believe that these hurricanes will become more and more destructive. They will last longer and lead to more frequent landfalls.

For the past 40 years, global warming fighters have been bringing scientists specific evidence that the planet is in danger. More and more studies are being conducted about the connection between hurricane intensity and global warming. Every year, the scientists get more data and humanity is getting closer and closer to the truth.

Tips for Hurricane Preparedness

10 Tips for Hurricane Preparedness

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When living in the Caribbean, there are few things as important as hurricane preparedness. These ten simple steps can help you weather the storm.

1. Evacuation Planning

One of the main reasons people have to evacuate is from a storm surge, which is a huge wave generated by winds. The wave can reach over 20 feet high so you really need to know if you will have to evacuate.

2. Evacuation Area

It is really important to find out if you live in an evacuation area, which refers to a place in which people have to leave their homes and go to a safe spot. Local governments have information about these areas and you should learn this information in advance.

3. Shelters

Contact CEDERA to learn about your local hurricane preparedness plan. The plan normally includes the evacuation routes and shelters. Pets may not be allowed in the shelters for space and safety reasons. Contact your local humane society for more information.

4. Buy Necessary Supplies

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One of the main mistakes in hurricane preparation is not buying hurricane survival items early enough. Just prior to a storm, everything you need may not be available or is sold out. And when the hurricane hits, you won’t be able to get any supplies.

5. Prepare A Supply Kit

It is recommended to prepare a supply kit that includes water, food, and clothing for at least three days. The most often forgotten supplies are medicines and insurance certificates.

6. Prepare Your Home

Check your flood insurance. If you can afford it, you should get it. Standard policies don’t cover damages from hurricanes. And remember that there is usually a 30-day period before your new flood insurance becomes effective.

7. Retrofit Your House

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Consider renovating your house so it can withstand water and the wind. Elevate equipment under your house, install aluminum storm shutters, reinforce latches and doors, and add sturdy shingles and hurricane clips to make the roof storm resistant. These steps will help prevent the high winds from tearing apart your house.

8. Educate Your Children

Your children and family members should know how to turn off water, electricity, and gas. Teach your kids to call 911, the fire department and police and tell them where they can read about emergency information.

9. Make Copies Of Documents

You should always ensure that you have copies of proof of ownership documents, such as cars, home, and boat. Store these documents in your hurricane kit that doesn’t risk being damaged.

10.  Take Care Of Transportation

If you don’t have your own vehicle, make arrangements with your friends and family members and don’t forget about your pets. You need to be sure that everyone is covered, so make contact with everyone who is separated and think of a safe place to meet, away from the evacuation area.

With these 10 tips, you will be ready when the hurricane hits and you won’t be worried about being unprepared for it.