So far this year the storm season is already unusually busy. Prior to this year, the earliest we got to “C” in the alphabet was June 18th, of 2012.
This year, we got to “Colin” on the 5th day of the season. It was just a primordial pile of rain clouds when it dampened our weekend, now it’s bound for Florida. And while Colin is unlikely to backtrack to Cayman, its early activity is a reminder for everyone to be ready now. Including the local electric supplier.
CUC’s Emergency Preparedness Chairman Darren Ebanks says in the event of a storm the utility company will stay plugged in for as long as they can.
He told Cayman 27, “In the event of a hurricane CUC’s intention is to keep the power on for as long as it is safe to do so.”
Mr Ebanks says in addition to boarding up or shuttering up one’s house and stocking up on nonperishable goods, customers should also take steps to protect their appliances.
“In the event that a storm is imminent and power has been disconnected to your home, we encourage you to turn off your main breaker. This will protect your electrical devices from storm surges and lightning strikes,” said Mr Ebanks.
While it is CUC’s intention to keep the lights on for a long as it can, should the lights go out during or after a storm, you should not venture outside until it is safe to do so.
“If your back up generator does kick in, you can rely on that. Under no circumstances are you to wonder outside to check on your back up generator.”
Should a hurricane plunge the country into an island wide blackout similar to post hurricane Ivan, he says rest assured CUC will try their best to restore power. But he warns that in the end each individual should ensure they are all personally prepared for the storm.
For more information on how to protect your home and electric appliances as well as generator safety click here.