WHAT TO DO DURING THE WARNING STAGES OF A HURRICANE

IMG_5970ALERT – TAKE PRECAUTIONS

Hurricane/tropical storm could strike within 72 hours

  • Hurricane/tropical storm could strike within 72 hours.
  • Check emergency supply kit.
  • Remove overhanging limbs and fruit from trees.
  • Decide whether you need to stay with friends or relatives or go to a shelter.
  • Find out which shelter is closet to you and how you will get there.
  • Fill vehicles with gas.
  • Have extra cash on hand.
  • Make arrangements for your pets in case you have to go to a shelter.
  • Stay tuned to radio and television stations as well as the Cayman Compass website caymancompass.com for updated information.

WATCH – BATTEN DOWN

  • Hurricane/tropical storm could strike within 48 hours.
  • Stay tuned to radio and television stations as well as caymancompass.com for updated information.
  • Take lawn furniture inside along with trash cans, hanging plants and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
  • Prepare to cover all windows with shutters or plywood.
  • Seal gaps in doors.
  • Moor boats securely or move to a designated safe place.

WARNING – TAKE REFUGE

  • Hurricane/tropical storm could strike within 36 hours.
  • A warning remains in effect until the storm has passed or is no longer a threat.
  • Stay tuned to radio and television stations as well as caymancompass.com for updated information and official instructions.
  • Listen to the advice of officials and evacuate if necessary.
  • If you intend to stay with relatives or friends, go to a shelter, or take pets to a kennel, go now.
  • Remove outside antennas and satellite dishes to prevent damage or loss.
  • Stay away from beaches and other low areas.
  • Close storm shutters.
  • Close curtains and blinds to minimise danger of flying glass if windows are broken.
  • Put your food and other hurricane supplies in plastic bags.
  • Bring pets indoors.
  • If you are remaining at home, go indoors and stay there.
  • Park vehicles inside the garage or away from trees.
  • Close all interior doors. Secure and brace exterior doors.
  • Have a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest setting. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
  • Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities.
  • Turn off propane tanks.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Raise furniture, appliances and other valuables off the floor. Cover and secure with plastic sheets. If your house has more than one story, take valuables to upper floors.
  • Disconnect downspouts from cisterns and close all cistern openings.