Residents are advised to complete hurricane preparedness plans ahead of a possible threat from Hurricane Irma.
That’s the message coming from the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS).
Director of NODS Philmore Mullin says individuals should take every precaution as though the island will be impacted. Mullin notes that the system is already a major hurricane and is unlike Omar or Earl. He points out that since it is still days away, the situation could change.
There is still some time for last minute preparations and residents should do so with haste especially relating to shopping for emergency supplies and shutters.
Emergency supplies should include things like battery-operated radio, lamp, search light, extra batteries, canned and dry foods, water, special infant needs and adequate prescription medicine.
As it relates to preparation, board up or install shutters, secure doors, lower television and radio antennae, remove loose objects from the yard and patio, prune dead or dying trees, tie down any large objects that cannot be brought indoors and recharge appropriate equipment such as cell phones.
Other hurricane preparedness plans include covering outside electrical outlets with duct tape, storing as much drinking water as possible in clean closed containers, keeping your vehicle filled with gas and having extra cash on hand. Personal papers and other important documents should be stored in a waterproof container and kept nearby.
Residents are encouraged to continue monitoring the information from the Met Office and NODS.
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