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Published 9th September 2010, 2:48pm

Peak of the Hurricane Season

September 10th is the statistical peak for Atlantic tropical cyclone activity. Over the past few weeks there has been a dramatic ramping up of cyclone activity, with seven named storms forming in the Atlantic, one in the southern Caribbean Sea and one in the Gulf of Mexico. Although none of these storms posed a threat to the Cayman Islands residents should be on high alert for systems tracking in our direction. Ensure that you and your family are at the highest level of preparedness possible. If you have not started your preparedness for the season now is the time before the country is threatened by an impact,” said HMCI Deputy Director, Omar Afflick.

“Residents are strongly urged to update their family plan, restock their first aid kit and gather supplies of non-perishable food and water. Ensure that batteries are available for your handheld radio and flashlight.”

The lead time for preparation can be short. “Don’t get caught out - services such as supermarkets, gasoline, banks, running water, electricity and other items that we have grown accustomed to may not be available in the aftermath of a hurricane. It is vitally important to prepare ahead of time. Every resident should have in place a stock of food and water to last for 5 to 7 days.”

If you have not done so already:

  • Come to a decision about where you will shelter during a storm
  • Ensure that travel documents and insurance policies are up to date
  • Place all vital documents in a waterproof ‘grab and go’ container
  • Service your generator if you have one
  • Check your shutters, make sure that they fit and you have all the parts
  • Remove debris from the yard
  • Trim back trees

Hurricane Preparedness Information Kits are available on at the HMCI Office at Cayman Corporate Centre or on the website www.caymanprepared.ky;

The effects of a hurricane are real and in many cases long lasting. The environment is scarred, infrastructure is damaged or destroyed; public amenities such as electricity, water and sewage are disrupted and housing compromised. Without these, one’s life can be extremely frustrating. To reduce the level of inconvenience incurred from the effects of a hurricane, it is vitally important to prepare in advance.