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We have entered the active phase of the hurricane season. Residents should be prepared.

Published 11th September 2018, 5:33pm

Tropical Storm Isaac Update 4 PM

11th September, 2018

At 4 PM the centre of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 51.3 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue for the next few days. On the forecast track, Isaac is anticipated to move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday (13th September), move into the eastern Caribbean Sea Thursday night, and move into the central Caribbean Sea by the weekend.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Isaac is expected to be near hurricane strength when it moves through the central Lesser Antilles, with some weakening forecast afterward on Friday and Saturday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the centre.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 996 mb (29.42 inches).

There is significant variance and uncertainty in both the forecast track and intensity of Isaac, with some ensemble models expecting the system to attain major hurricane strength and others anticipating the storm will degenerate into an open wave. Residents should continue to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac.

Recommended Actions:

“At this time, Tropical Storm Isaac is not considered an imminent threat to the Cayman Islands but that could change,” explained the Honourable Tara Rivers, Minister responsible for Hazard Management Cayman Islands, “as we enter the more active phase of the hurricane season residents should have their hurricane preparedness plans well established and in place, and be ready to complete final arrangements such as shuttering and moving to safe shelter if necessary.”

Are you Preparing?

· 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

· Trim back trees

· Store non-perishable food and water

· Assemble an emergency supplies kit

· Stock up now on emergency supplies that can be used after a hurricane. These supplies should include a first aid kit, survival kits for the home, automobile, and workplace, flashlight and batteries, garbage bags, toilet paper, soap, can opener, work gloves, battery operated radio, and emergency water and food.

· Store enough supplies to last at least 3 days. For additional information about the emergency supply kit pick up a copy of the Hurricane Information Kit which is available at the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue, or alternatively you can download a copy on www.Caymanprepared.ky;

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 good such as crackers / peanut butter / jelly

· Non-electric can opener / aluminum foil / zip lock bags

· Cooking tools / fuel / Sterno / charcoal grill / pots and pans

· Paper plates / plastic utensils / plastic cups / garbage bags

· Blankets / Pillows, etc.

· Clothing - 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 and get a car charger

· Cash (with some small bills) - 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 to clean up and disinfect water

· Plastic Garbage Bags

· Garbage can or bucket with tight fitting lid for carrying water or using as an emergency toilet

· Jerry Container for gasoline

Recommended Actions - Watch and Warning

At the Watch Phase (48 hours or less before the onset on Tropical Storm / Hurricane force winds):

• Board up all windows with shutters.

• Check batteries and stock up on canned food, cash, flashlights, garbage bags, toilet paper, first aid kit / medical supplies.

• Ensure that your battery operated radio is working.

• Store a gallon of water per person per day to last a week in sealed containers. Additional water supplies can be stored in clean bathtubs and sinks but this supply should not be considered an alternative to water stored in containers.

• Bring in outside objects (e.g., garbage cans, lawn furniture, bicycles).

• Start making ice (in jugs and containers) to help keep items cool in the freezer, and also so food and ice can be transferred to a cooler in the event that the power remains out for an extended period.

• Fuel up vehicles and get them to higher ground if possible.

• Secure boats.

• Listen closely to the advice of local officials, and evacuate if told to do so.

Warning Phase (36 hours or less before landfall):

• Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.

• Turn on your TV/radio, and check regularly in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions

• Charge cell phones to ensure you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

• Store valuables, personal papers, important documents, computer back-ups in waterproof containers, use large industrial strength garbage bags to wrap up computer, paintings etc. and move to the highest level of your home if you do not plan to take them with you if you are sheltering elsewhere.

• Unplug small appliances. Small appliances may be affected by electrical power surges that may occur as the storm approaches.

• Have a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid using open flames (candles and kerosene lamps) as a source of light. Flashlights provide the safest emergency lighting source. Kerosene lamps require a great deal of ventilation and are not designed for indoor use.

• Listen to the advice of local officials, and evacuate if told to do so.

• Seek shelter if you do not plan to stay in your home.

• If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors and away from windows.

• Stay away from flood waters; never drive through them.

• Be aware of the calm “eye”; the storm is not over.

If evacuating your home to a Shelter.

• Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the mains water valve.

• If time permits and you live area prone to flooding, move furniture and other vulnerable items to a higher floor. If you live in a single story dwelling consider lifting furniture and appliances such as refrigerators etc. up by placing on concrete blocks.

• Lock up your home and leave.

Items to take with you if you not staying in your home or if going to a Shelter:

• Bring preassembled emergency supplies and protective clothing.

• First aid kit and prescription medications.

• Baby food and diapers.

• Non-perishable food items and bottled water.

• Cards, games, books.

• Change of clothes.

• Toiletries.

• Battery-powered radio and extra batteries.

• Flashlight (one per person) and extra batteries.

• Blankets or sleeping bags and pillow.

• Identification.

• Valuable papers (copies of insurance papers, passports, and other essential documents).