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  • Discuss the types of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
  • Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home in the event of an earthquake or hurricane. In most cases this will be the innermost room with no windows or outside walls. In certain circumstances, if a hurricane is approaching, the safest place may not be your home; a hurricane shelter, a strong office building or the home of a family member or friend may be safer.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and decide on a place to meet if you get separated in a disaster (including a fire).
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you are facing the threat of a hurricane and need to leave your home or evacuate (or fly off island). Update pet vaccinations.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • Check your insurance coverage and update if needed –– flood damage is not always covered by homeowners insurance.
  • Stock non–perishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit.
  • Remember to replace batteries every six months, as you do with your smoke detectors.
  • Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.
  • Ask yourself, if any large trees blew over, would they be likely to hit my home?
  • Check storm shutters or purchase pre–cut ½ inch outdoor plywood boards for each window of your home. Install anchors in the plywood and pre–drill holes in the wood, so you can put the boards up quickly. (Taping windows does not prevent them from breaking, so it is not recommended).
  • Make an inventory of your belongings and/or photograph or video tape your possessions.
  • Plan for any special medical needs your family members may have. Keep prescriptions full and up to date at the start of hurricane season.
  • Make plans for your boat of you have one.
  • Label utility shut offs and show family members how to turn them off.
  • What Should You Have In Your Disaster Supply Kit?

  • Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days.
  • Food
    • At least enough for 3 to 7 days.
    • Non–perishable packaged or canned food, juices, vitamins.
    • Foods for infants or the elderly.
    • Snack foods, high energy food like crackers, peanut butter, jelly.
    • Non–electric can opener, aluminum foil, zip lock bags.
    • Cooking tools, fuel such as Sterno, pots and pans.
    • Paper plates, plastic utensils, plastic cups, garbage bags.
  • Blankets / Pillows, etc.
  • Clothing – including rain gear, sturdy shoes.
  • Whistle – to signal for help if needed.
  • Two coolers – One for food storage, the other for ice.
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs – include hand sanitizer, sunscreen, insect repellant and lip balm, extra eye glasses, contact lens cleaner, hearing aid batteries.
  • Special Items – for the elderly, the disabled and for babies; bottles, pacifier, diapers, formula, sterile water, clothing, bedding, toys etc).
  • Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes – Toilet paper, paper towels, deodorant, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste.
  • Flashlight / Batteries / Light sticks / Candles / Lighter or Matches.
  • Radio – Battery operated.
  • Telephones – Fully charged cell phone with extra battery. Get a car charger.
  • Cash (with some small bills) / Check book / Credit cards – Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods.
  • Keys – Make at least one extra set of keys for your residence and vehicle.
  • Toys, Books and Games.
  • Paper / Pens / Pencils.
  • Important documents – Store in a waterproof or watertight container. Include passports, driver's license, vehicle registration and title, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, medical and immunization records, will and power of attorney documents, bank account numbers, land and property titles, a list of important phone numbers etc. You may want to copy your computer hard drive to a portable disk or thumb drive as well and store this in your container.
  • Tools – keep a set with you during the storm.
  • Pet care items –
    • Immunization records / medications.
    • Ample supply of food and water / water and food bowls.
    • A carrier or cage / trash bags for handling waste / newspaper.
    • Muzzle (if needed) collar and leash / cat litter / scoop.

What Should You Have In Your Non–Perishable Emergency Supplies Kit?

  • Basic tool kit – include hammer, pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers.
  • Tarps – or roll of plastic sheeting.
  • Duct tape.
  • Work gloves and rubber gloves.
  • Unscented bleach for clean up and disinfecting water.
  • Plastic garbage bags.
  • Garbage can or bucket with tight fitting lid for carrying water or using as an emergency toilet.

If A Hurricane Is Approaching

  • Discuss the types of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
  • Monitor radio and television for public announcements and weather alerts.
  • Make reservations if you are planning to leave the Island (or stay at a hotel).
  • Move valuables, photographs and heirlooms to a protected location or gather them up to take with you if you plan on evacuating. Items that are vulnerable to water damage can be raised up on concrete blocks or lifted to higher levels. If you have a two story house, take belongings such as your television, stereo equipment, microwave, computer and other electronic items upstairs and wrap in blankets (or towels) and plastic garbage bags.
  • Back up your hard drive and put a copy in a safe place.
  • Unplug all electronics including computer and move them to a safe place.
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and start freezing water in containers or zip lock bags (fill freezer).
  • Fill bath tub with water.
  • Secure your home inside and out–especially items that can become hazards during high winds.
  • Withdraw cash from the bank.
  • Pack clothes (remember rain gear and sturdy shoes).
  • Have flotation devices (life jackets, etc.) available.
  • Have tools such as an axe, chain saw, and hatchet available.
  • Have vehicle fuel tanks filled, check tire pressure and fluid levels and move your vehicle to a high, dry location if possible.
  • Secure your boat. Take action early since a storm's fringe activity may make preparation more difficult.
  • Check your disaster supply kit to make sure you have sufficient food, water and other supplies.
  • Move patio furniture, hanging plants, outdoor decorations and other loose items inside.
  • Super chlorinate your swimming pool.
  • Shutter your home.
  • Hold a family meeting to discuss your plans and options.
  • Let your family/friends/work know where you are planning to stay.
  • If evacuating, turn off water and electricity before leaving.

Making A Decision When Facing A Hurricane Threat

Option A:
Stay at home.
If your home can withstand the expected winds and you are away from the coast and not in a flood prone area, consider staying home.
Option B:
Stay with a relative, friend, in an office or hotel.
If you plan to do this, make arrangements in advance. Consider where you will go if the friend or relative is not home.
Option C:
Leave the Island.
If you are considering this option, have a back up plan in the event the flights are full and you can't get off Island.
Option D:
Go to a public shelter if you have no safe place to go.
Local media will announce which shelters are open. Do not wait until the last minute.

Fill in the following information and keep it in your hurricane kit

Important Numbers
  • Police non–emergency
  • Fire non–emergency
  • Hazard Management Cayman Islands
    • 945–4624
  • Meteorological Services
  • Power company–Account number
  • Service outage number
  • Water company–Account number
  • Service outage number
  • Medical Insurance–Policy number
  • Doctor–phone number
  • Doctor–phone number
  • Pharmacy name and phone number
  • Prescription names/numbers

Know What Hurricane WATCH and WARNING Mean

  • WATCH: Hurricane conditions are possible usually within 48 hours.
  • WARNING: Hurricane conditions are expected usually within 36 hours.

Last Updated: 2020-08-15