Title: Hurricane precautions
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Title: Hurricane precautions
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Language: English
Creator: Dominica. Ministry of Home Affairs.
Publisher: Dominica. Ministry of Home Affairs.
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
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Hurricane Precautions

At the beginning of the Hurricane Season.

Everyone living in this island knows that
certain precautions must be taken at the com-
mencement of the hurricane season each year.

As a reminder -

(i) make a thorough check-up of your shut-
ters, hooks and latches;
(ii) see that galvanised sheeting of the roof of
your house is properly fastened;
(iii) keep nails, hammers, wire, rope and pliers
(iv) keep in hand a supply of timber for
barring up purposes;

(v) keep a flashlight, hurricane lamp, candle
and matches in your house together with
simple First Aid equipment such as
iodine, bandages, eye lotion etc.
(vi) See that there are adequate water storage
facilities such as tanks, drums, barrels,
etc. If possible tanks should be con-
structed or installed well in advance of
the hurricane season.
2. The Principal Traders in the State are esr
pecially requested to keep their stocks of essential
commodities especially food, kerosene, corrugated
iron, water tanks, timber and other building
materials at as high a level as possible during the
hurricane season. In the event of a hurricane,
special attention should be paid to the storage of
these commodities.

When a hurricane warning is issued.

3. When a hurricane warning is issued remember
to -
(i) listen in to the radio. If you live 'in
isolated parts of the country, make
sure that your neighbours are aware of
the latest situation reports. Pay no
attention to rumours.' Rely on official
advice and warnings.

ii) Get away and stay away from low-lying
beaches or other location which may be
swept by high tides or storm waves.. If

your only passage to high ground is over-
a road likely to be under water during a
seven storm, then leave early. Don't
run the. risk of being marooned.
(iii) If your house is out of danger of high.
tide and is well built (securely anchored
to foundation with a good roo" also
securely fastened) then it is probably the
best place to weather out the storm.
(iv) Get in extra food, especially things which
can be eaten without cooking or with
very little preparation. Remember that
electric power may be off and you may be
without refrigeration.
(v) Emergency cooking facilities (oil and
coal stoves) may be necessary; be sure
they are in working order. Procure a
supply of kerosene, and charcoal.
(vi) Sterilise the bathtuthand fill it with water.
Also sterilise and fill all jugs, bottles,
cooking utensils and other containers as
water service may be interrupted.
(vii) Have a flashlight in working condition
and keep it handy. Also candles and
storm Ianterns.

(viii) Check on everything that might blow
away or become loose.

(ix) Bar up or brace your windows and shut
ters. But be sure that a door or window
can be opened on the lee side of the house
the side opposite to the one facing the

(x) Let go the cattle and other animals, if you
are a keeper of animals, and' if they are
kept tied in the pasture, so that they mnay
seek shelter on high ground.
(xi) Be calm. Your ability to meet emergen-
cies will inspire and help others,

Action to be taken after a disaster.

4. The following is a guide to action to be taken
after a disaster:-

(i) Seek medical care for persons injured at a
hospital, health centre, dispensary, or
emergency first-aid station.

Qi) Do not touch loose or dangling electric
wires or power lines. Report such
damage direct to the nearest Electricity
Authority, or to the nearest Police Officer,
or Officer of the Works Division, Minis-
try of Communications and Works.

(iii) Do not empty water stored in bathtubs
or other receptacles and boil all drinking
water until you are sure that a safe water
supply has been restored.

(jv) Siafe water should not be used immediate-
ly after a storm fer washing of houses,
yards,, cars etc., until normal water service
has beenirestored.

(v) Be alert to prevent fires. Lowered water
pressure or. broker mains make fire-
fighting very difficult.

(yi) Guard against spoilt food in mechanical
refrigerators if the power has been cut off
for any length of time.

(vii) Beware of broken trees. Collect fallen
branches and other debris and pile where
they can be most easily collected.

(viii) Drive motor vehicles cautiously. Debris-
filled streets and roads are dangerous.
Where a road passes near the edge of a
cliff or river bank the soil may be washed
away underneath and the road may
collapse under the weight of vehicles.

(ix) Unless you are qualified to give valuable
emergency assistance, or have IEZen
allocated some specific task in connection
with the disasatr, or have some genuine
and urgent business there, keep away
from disaster areas if you are not already
involved. Your presence will only ham-
per rescue, first-aid, or relief work. This
is no time for sight seeing.

(x) If you are involved in the disaster, as
soon as possible after you have dealt with
matters requiring immediate attention,
make a report of the damage you have
sustained and of any urgent relief
required, to your Local.Hurricane Com-

mittee. Do not worry your Local C6m-
mittee, or public officers with any
matters that are not urgent. Your other
problems will be dealt with later.

District Hurricane Authorities

5. The District Hurricane Authorities for each
District indicated on the Hurricane Map are as

For District No.1l, The Mayor of Roseau
For District No. 2,.Chairman Western District
For District No. 3, Chairman Southern Dis-
trict Council
For District No. 4, Chairman Eastern District
For District No. 5, Chaiiiman North Eastern
Ditict Council
For.District No. 6, Chairman Northern Dis-
trict Council
For District No. 7, Mayor of Portsmouth

Warning System

The Hurricane season usually extends from-
June to October. During this time it is wise for
everyone on the island to be on the alert so that
precautionary measures previously planned are
put into effect as soon as information is received of
an approaching storm.

2. When a Hurricane is near the gusts of wind
become stronger and more frequent, and they are
accompanied by torrential rain. Sooner or later
the full destroying force of the storm strikes the
island. If the centre of a hurricane should pass
over the island, the first blow will be succeeded by
a calm of half an hour or an hour, after which
terrific gusts of wind would suddenly blow from
the opposite direction. During the calm, oppor-
tunity should be taken to carry out any further
precautionary measures possible, because it has
been established that it is the second blow from
the opposite direction, which usually causes the
greatest damage.

3. The main source for weather report is the
Police H6adquarters and Police Stations.

When a gale, whole gale or hurricane is report-
ed, the generalpublic will be informed by bulletin
WIBS, DOMINICA, loud-speaker vans, and over-
amateur wireless, as appropriate.,.

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