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Published 2nd June 2011, 12:2pm

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on Wednesday, June 1 and the seasonal forecast calls for above average Atlantic tropical cyclone activity.

HMCI Director, Mr. McCleary Frederick has the following advice for residents: “Hurricanes are the number one threat to the Cayman Islands, but we are also vulnerable to a range of hazards. Residents should have a disaster plan and a survival kit available for use at all times, and be prepared too.”

At the start of hurricane season residents should review their plans , reconfirm emergency sheltering arrangements, decide on an evacuation route, check that insurance policies are current and provide appropriate cover. Residents should also trim trees, check shutters, test generators and ensure that your house can weather at least a minor storm.

”I think most residents are very aware of the hurricane threat, but if you know of persons who have arrived in the islands recently, perhaps you can help them to be prepared and develop a plan. Being better prepared will make recovery from disasters easier.”