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Published 30th May 2007, 3:6pm

THIS IS AN EXERCISE. In preparation for Hurricane Stuart, the National Hurricane Committee (NHC) will this afternoon announce when shelters will open to receive members of the public. Residents are accordingly advised to stay tuned to radio stations and to monitor this web site for the latest information. Persons living in coastal and inland areas that are prone to flooding, as well as those need to move to shelters to ride out the storm, should all be preparing supplies and materials required for themselves and their families. Advice on necessary shelter supplies, together with a listing of shelters on all three islands is given below: What to Take/Not Take to the Shelter Shelters usually open their doors to the public during the "warning" stage of the hurricane emergency. Do take:

  • 3-4 days supply of food and drink that does not need cooking.
  • Can opener.
  • 3-4 days supply of water (one gallon per day per person).
  • First aid kit that includes prescription medications.
  • Special needs items for infants (formula, bottles, diapers).
  • Special needs items for elderly or disabled family members.
  • If you have small children, do not forget to bring at least one of their favourite foods (e.g., breakfast cereal) and something to keep them occupied.
  • Bedding (sleeping bags, pillows).
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
  • A change of clothes.
  • Extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash.
  • Passports and important family papers.
  • Reading materials and quiet games to help pass time and keep children occupied.
  • Car charger for your cell phone.
Do NOT take:
  • Pets
  • Cigarettes, other tobacco products or illegal drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Weapons
  • Cooking equipment
  • Furniture
Cots and air mattresses may not be allowed because of limited space. A management team of trained civil servants and volunteers are in charge of the shelters. Choosing Safe Shelter It is up to you to decide on the best place for your family and yourself during a storm. Public shelters are provided in each district but space is limited and is meant for people whose homes cannot be made safe and who can't find another safe place to stay. If your home is hurricane-proof and is in a safe location it is probably the best place to be during a storm. The next best place is with family or friends whose house is well-constructed and in a safe location. However, if you have no other alternative or are not sure, do not hesitate to go to a public shelter.