(The Weather Channel)
(The Weather Channel)

Health-related tips to help prepare for Tropical Storm Beryl

From the Office of the Chief Medical Officer

The center of Tropical Storm Beryl is gradually approaching the Leeward Islands and the
Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is expected to get rain late today or Monday, based on its present position. It currently has a maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and is expected to maintain a path south of the Leeward Islands.

When preparing for Tropical Storm Beryl, be sure to do the following:

  1. Stock up on your emergency supplies, including battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra
    batteries, plastic bags (including garbage and zip-lock or sealable bags), raincoat,
    blankets, first-aid items and personal care products (soap, toothpaste, pads & diapers).
  2. Stock at least 3-5 days’ supply of food that does not require refrigeration, including
    canned foods, baby food and formula. Breast-fed infants should continue breastfeeding.
  3. Stock at least 3-5 days’ supply of drinking water and enough water for food preparation,
    bathing and brushing teeth. This approximates to 4-5 gallons for each member of the
    family. Remember that household pets and domesticated animals must also be hydrated.
  4. Stock one month’s supply of all regular medications for conditions like asthma,
    diabetes, hypertension, heart and other chronic diseases.
  5. Secure all important documents such as passport, driver’s licence, visa, birth certificate and immunization record in sealed plastic containers.

During Tropical Storm Beryl be sure to do the following:

  1. Remain as calm as possible because this will ensure that you act wisely if an emergency
    situation arises.
  2. Listen to your radio and keep updated about the latest information about the storm.
  3. Do not go outside unless it is absolutely necessary. Going outside puts you at risk of being hit by flying objects. Children must remain inside; going outside puts a child in danger of being blown away.

Immediately after Tropical Storm Beryl, be sure to do the following:

  1. Seek urgent medical care at the nearest hospital (J N F General Hospital, Alexandra
    Hospital, Pogson Hospital and Mary Charles Hospital) for people injured in the storm or
    for those who are ill. After the “All Clear,” you can access care at the health centres.
  2. Only use safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. Safe water means boiled, bottled or treated water. Water should be stored in sealed containers.
  3. Throw away all perishable foods like meat, poultry, fish, eggs and left-overs that were
    stored above 40 degrees Fahrenheit or unrefrigerated for two hours or more. Throw
    away food with an unusual odour, colour or texture.
  4. Eat only safe food after the hurricane. Safe food includes canned foods.
  5. Wwash your hands, especially before preparing food, before eating, after using the toilet, after cleaning or handling pets. Wash your hands, dishes and utensils used for preparing and serving food with safe water.
  6. Do not go outside barefooted; avoid wearing open shoes and watch out for broken glass.
  7. Do not touch loose or dangling electrical wires. Report these to the nearest police station
    or to the Electricity Companies (SKELEC & NEVLEC).

All are advised to take the necessary precautions, prepare for Tropical Storm Beryl and help
your neighbour wherever possible. May God bless us all.