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This is an interactive map that displays real time tracking of hurricane direction. It also provides historical storm data to up to 150 years.

  • To view the map clearly, without the left side panel, click the grey border between the map display and the panel display.
  • To zoom in and zoom out of the map, click the small white squares at the top left hand corner to get the desired effect.
  • The map uses the same interface as Google maps, so it can be dragged as so pleased.

 

HURRICANE SEASON: JUNE 1 - NOV 30

 

DISASTER SUPPLIES

Three-day supply of water (one gallon per person, per day) and ready-to-eat non-perishable foods, such as tuna, sardines, tinned sausage, crackers, canned fruit

Manual can opener

Battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries

First-aid kit

Medication

Important documents, including passports, birth certificates, insurance policies

Matches and candles, hurricane lamps

Bleach and other cleansers

Tissue, soap, sanitary napkins

Disposable cups, plates, utensils

Large plastic trash bags

Containers for water storage

Coal or oil stove, grill

Portable cooler

100 feet of rope

Tape

Blankets and towels

Mosquito repellent

Tarpaulin

Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members

Change of clothes for everyone

Emergency tools

Extra set of home and car keys

Extra pair of glasses or contact lenses, extra batteries for hearing aids

 

AT THE START OF THE HURRICANE SEASON

  • Fill your vehicle's gas tank.

  • Check the storm surge history and elevation of your area.
  • Listen to weather updates.

  • Know your evacuation route.

  • Organise a place to meet with your family should you become separated during the storm.

  • Look over your insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage.

  • Photograph your house and all the rooms inside for insurance purposes.

  • Make an inventory of possessions.

  • Check thoroughly the roof of your house, hurricane shutters, hooks and latches and repair where necessary.

  • Close all windows and doors. Cover windows with storm shutters or pre-cut plywood.

  • Elevate furniture or relocate them to a higher floor to protect from flooding.

  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to the coldest level. Freeze water in plastic containers.

  • Place furniture on raised platform, e.g. building blocks, to prevent flood damage.

  • Sanitise bathtubs and fill with water.

  • Make sure that galvanized sheeting on the roof of your house is properly fastened.

  • Batten down windows and doors with shutters or lumber. Wedge sliding glass doors with a bar.

  • Obtain lumber, plywood, and concrete nails for battening up.

  • Keep in stock extra plastic bags and sheets of plastic. Plastic is essential to prevent important documents, paintings, equipment and furniture from getting wet.
  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, hanging plants, bicycles, toys and garden tools.

  • Clear your yard and drains of debris.

  • Prune tree limbs that are close to your house. They can cause damage to your home or utility wires during a storm.

  • Find a place to move your boat in an emergency.

  • Park your car in a place that will be safest from falling trees and utility poles.

  • If you are in a high-rise, know the location of the nearest stairway. Don't use the elevator.

  • Assign roles/responsibilities for hurricane preparedness and evacuation to each member of the household long before actual storm.

  • Establish an evacuation plan and map out exit strategy and route.

  • If your home is at risk, plan in advance where you will stay. Call the ODPEM disaster coordinator for the location of the nearest shelter.

  • If you need transportation to a public shelter due to special needs - such as age, physical disability, or mental disorder, register in advance with the nearest parish council office and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management... READ MORE

 

STORM SURGE EVACUATION TIPS

  • Minimise the distance you must travel to reach a safe location.

  • Select the nearest possible evacuation destination, preferably within your local area, and map out your route.

  • Choose the home of the closest friend or relative outside a designated evacuation zone, or go to a public shelter or hotel outside of the vulnerable area.

  • Contact your local emergency management office to register or get information.

  • Prepare your home prior to leaving by boarding up doors and windows, securing or moving indoors all yard objects, and turning off all utilities.

  • Before leaving, fill your car with gas and withdraw extra money from the ATM.

  • Take all prescription medicines and special medical items, such as glasses and diapers.

  • If your family evacuation plan includes a boat or trailer, leave early.

  • If you are ordered by local officials to evacuate, do so as quickly as possible. Don't delay.

  • Stay tuned to a local radio or television station.

 

HOW TO STORE WATER AND FOOD

  • Store enough water to last two weeks for each person in your household. A normal active person requires a minimum of one litre of water per day for drinking and food preparation.

  • Label the containers with the current date and renew your drinking supply each month.

  • Store emergency food in waterproof containers.

  • Arrange items so that those stored first will be used first.

  • Observe expiration dates on packaged foods.

  • Wrap bread, cookies, crackers, and dry goods in plastic bags and store in airtight containers.

  • Your storage area should be dry, cool and free from contamination by insects,poisons and other chemicals.

  • Water should be stored in clean, well-covered containers.

 

DURING A HURRICANE

  • Do not go outside unless it is absolutely necessary. When the winds get very strong, you are in danger of being hit by flying objects.

  • Stay away from windows, skylights and glass doors.

  • Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.

  • Children should not be taken outside, since they may be in danger of being blown away.

  • If you are away from home, remain where you are until the hurricane has passed. Many people have lost their lives trying to go from one place to another.

  • Alert parish disaster coordinator and police when evacuating premises.

  • Obey evacuation order, if issued... READ MORE

 

GOING TO A SHELTER

  • Check with parish disaster coordinator for available shelters in your area.

  • Find out about adequate amenities/facilities at shelter ahead of time.

  • Carry enough food and water for three days. Don't expect to be fed by emergency crew.

  • Take with you medication, first-aid kit and change of clothes.

  • Wear comfortable footwear such as sneakers or water boots if flooding is likely.

  • Also take blanket, pillow and sleeping bag.

 

AFTER A HURRICANE

  • Seek medical attention at first-aid stations, hospitals or clinics for persons injured during the storm.

  • Do not touch loose or dangling electrical wires. Report these to the power company, the nearest police station or parish council.

  • Report all broken sewer or water mains directly to the parish council, the public works department or water resources authority for your area....READ MORE

 

TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW

Tropical Storm: An organised system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined circulation and top winds of 63 kph (39 mph) to 118 kph (74 mph).

Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions possible within 36 hours.

Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions expected within 24 hours.

Hurricane: An intense tropical weather system with a well-defined circulation and wind speeds of 118 kph (74 mph) or higher.

Hurricanes are categorised according to their wind speed:

Tropical storm: winds 39-73 mph

Hurricanes

Category One: winds 74-95 mph

Category Two: winds 96-110 mph

Category Three: winds 111-130 mph

Category Four: winds 131-155 mph

Category Five:winds 156 mph and up

 

PARISH DISASTER COORDINATORS

  • Kingston and St Andrew: Terry-Ann Foster - 967-3329, 922-0254

  • Portmore: Phillippa Ricketts - 740-0789, 740-7440-2

  • Clarendon: C. Williams - 986-2216, 986-2234 or 986-2403

  • Hanover: Desmond Dorman - 956-2951, 956-2131

  • Manchester: LaJean Powell - 962-2278-9, 363-3068 or 775-2630

  • Portland: Denise Lewis -993-2165

  • St Ann: Alvin Clarke - 972-2615-6

  • St Catherine: Patricia Lewis - 984-3111-2

  • St Elizabeth: Shane Taylor - 965-2265, 965-2267

  • St James: Tamoy Sinclair -971-9088 or 952-5500-2

  • St Mary: Yolande Williams-Jankie - 577-8307 or 994-2178

  • St Thomas: Millicent Blake - 982-9449, 982-2227

  • Trelawny: Dion Hylton-Lewis - 397-2269 or 954-3970

  • Westmoreland: Hilma Tate - 360-7686 or 955-2798


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The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) has a list of tips to prepare for a hurricane.  See links below.

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