Hurricane season runs June through November, which leaves one question, are you prepared if a storm heads our way? According to Hazard Management Cayman Islands, here are some of the essentials.
Drinking water – minimum of three gallons per person. Use bottled water or keep clean containers with tight-fitting lids. Once
you fill them, seal tightly and store them in a cool, dark place.
Non-perishable food & beverages – At least a 7- day supply for each person. Buy items in cans, plastic or other unbreakable, water-proof
Special needs items for the sick or disabled – Extra prescription medicine, two-week supply. (Ask your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines for storing these.) also a first aid kit.
Baby & children’s items – Food and liquid formula, diapers, wipes, snacks, and a few favorable small toys.
Cooking, heating equipment & fuel – Portable stove, mini propane tanks, waterproof matches or lighters and gasoline for generators
Tools and materials – Can opener..non-electric, sharp knife, duct tape, rope, hammer and some nails.
Lighting – Two flashlights for each person and 2 extra packets of batteries, replacement bulbs, and batteries
Note: It is best to avoid using open flames such as candles or kerosene lamps for lighting as these carry a great risk of starting a fire. Flashlights provide the safest light.
Extra accessories – pet food, Extra gasoline for vehicles/generator, Blanket, sleeping bag and a small pillow for each person.
Hopefully, you won’t need any of this, but at least you’ll be ready should disaster strike.