Aug. 20 — The National emergency Management Agency (NEMA) brings to the attention of residents of St. Kitts and Nevis that forecasters recently indicated storm activity between Africa and the Lesser Antilles is expected to increase as of the second half of August, 2010. Their prediction is based on observed changes in the global atmosphere, that should cause conditions across the Atlantic to be more favourable for storm/hurricane development. The forecasters have also indicated that, historically, a major spike upwards in hurricane activity occurs in August and reaches its peak about mid September. In view of this information, the National Emergency Management agency (NEMA) again appeals to all individuals, families, organisations and institutions to increase their levels of preparedness in order to protect and or minimise the impact of a storm/hurricane on life and property. Residents are urged to among other preparedness actions, to store non-perishable food items, have extra amounts of medication for individuals with special needs, consider water storage, the protection of documents, equipment/appliances and undertake checks of windows, doors, roofs and shutters. A special appeal is being made to building contractors and operators of vehicle maintenance and repairs businesses to have in place, in advance, a plan(s) to secure items at their work sites, that can become missiles in high winds. The public is urged to keep listening to local media for relevant information. The NEMA will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.