The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

While fore­cast­ing meth­ods and tools are im­prov­ing year af­ter year, peo­ple are still at great risk to trop­i­cal storms and hur­ri­canes es­pe­cially along the coast­line. The fol­low­ing is a list of help­ful hints that you can use be­fore hur­ri­cane sea­son, when a watch or warn­ing is is­sued, and be­fore, dur­ing, and af­ter a trop­i­cal storm, or hur­ri­cane strikes your area. Pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tion: • Know all evac­u­a­tion routes if you live close to the coast • Have proper sup­plies – see ar­ti­cle on page 10: check­list for hur­ri­cane sur­vival When a watch or warn­ing is is­sued: • Leave low-ly­ing ar­eas • Pro­tect win­dows with ply­wood boards or storm shut­ters • Se­cure out­side ob­jects • Make sure you have plenty of fuel and wa­ter • Have sev­eral days sup­ply of food and wa­ter for each fam­ily mem­ber If called to evac­u­ate, do so im­me­di­ately. Be­fore the Storm • Be ready to put your plan and prepa­ra­tion into ac­tion • Pay at­ten­tion to lo­cal weather re­ports on ra­dio, tele­vi­sion, or the in­ter­net • Have house boarded up or storm shut­ters in place • Have plenty of food and wa­ter • Make sure all your tools, sup­plies, and first aid kit are avail­able for use Have a se­cure room avail­able Dur­ing the Storm • Stay in the se­cure room • Stay away from win­dows • Do not use the phone or can­dles • Mon­i­tor weather and gov­ern­ment bul­letins. • Have sup­plies on hand • Re­main in­doors when the eye moves over your area be­cause the storm will re­sume shortly Af­ter the Storm • Make sure that all is def­i­nitely clear out­side, and the storm has com­pletely passed be­fore go­ing out • Re­port downed power lines, and stay away from them • Use stored wa­ter and food Be pa­tient – it will take a while be­fore things get back to nor­mal.

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