Residents told to finalise preparations for the hurricane season

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This year’s Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be an active one and the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) is encouraging residents to ensure that preparations are in place.

Individuals are urged to have their emergency kits ready which should include water, non-perishable food, important documents, baby items, medication, battery-operated radio, flashlight, clothes, blanket, toiletries and items for personal hygiene, first-aid kit, hand-sanitizer and masks.

Preparations around the house should include trimming overhead branches, removing loose items from outside, storing water for drinking and other purposes, ensuring the safety of windows and doors and having plywood on hand if shutters are not fixed to the property.

Once the shelter list is made public, residents should be aware of the nearest shelter and the district disaster coordinator for their area who volunteers on behalf of NODS.

When going to a shelter, residents should walk with their emergency kit and ensure that supplies are adequate for 3-5 days. All Covid-19 protocols will be in place at the public shelters.

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