Hurricane season underway, St. Kitts/Nevis residents be prepared

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By staff writer

Even if St. Kitts and Nevis do not experience the number of hurricanes predicted by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Centre, it only takes one to totally change everyone’s lives.

“While seasonal forecasts may vary from year to year – some high, some low – it only takes one storm to significantly disrupt your life,” stated FEMA Deputy Administrator Joseph Nimmich.  “Preparing for the worst can keep you, your family, and first responders out of harm’s way.

These small steps can save lives when disaster strikes.

  1. Develop a family communications plan, build an emergency supply kit for your home, and make sure you and your family know your evacuation route.
  2. Gather together your insurance and emergency-related financial documents and put them in a safe place where they can be taken with you if evacuation is necessary.
  3. Stock up on essentials like canned food, bottled water and batteries so that if the power goes out, you and your family will be able to survive without assistance for at least three days.
  4. Prepare a property inventory of items now, including photographs or a video of each room so that actual damage will be easy to confirm after the disaster.
  5. Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate know the best route to take and the nearest emergency centre to you.
  6. Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
  7. If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  8. Ask the authorities if they have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

A brief list of available emergency shelter locations appears below, this is not a comprehensive list, you should check your area to determine where you and your family should go.

EMERGENCY SHELTER LOCATIONS

ST. PAULS PARISH
Elquemedo Willett Park Pavilion, Stoney Grove; Alberto Payne Community Centre, Bath Village; Girl Guides Headquarters, Stoney Grove; and Anglican Church Hall, Charlestown.

ST. JOHNS PARISH
St. John’s Anglican Church; Fig Tree Sports Complex; Church Ground; Old St. John’s Primary School (1st Floor); Brown Pasture Cox & Beaumont Church of God of Prophecy, Cox; and Prospect Community Centre, Prospect.

ST. JAMES PARISH
Seventh Day Adventist Church, Mannings; Butlers Church of God, Bricklyn; Beulah Seventh Day Adventist Church, Beulah; Camps Combermere Community Centre, Combermere; and Fountain Community Centre, Fountain. 

GEORGES PARISH
Ebenezer Church of God, Old Manor Estate; Wesleyan Holiness Church, Buck’s Hill; Calvary Baptist Church, Rawlins; Hickman’s  Community Centre, Hickmans; Pond Hill Community Centre, Pond Hill; Hanley’s Road Community Centre, Hanleys Road; and Zion Gospel Chapel, Zion.

ST.THOMAS PARISH
Cotton Ground Community Centre, Cotton Ground; Jessups Community Centre, Jessups;Adult Education Centre, Barnes Ghaut.

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