Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Boat building at the Oistins Fisheries Complex.
Mariners and Boat Owners
- Listen to and take seriously all weather advisories issued by the Barbados Meteorological Services Office.
- Make early arrangements to get your vessels to safety.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to get the boat out of the water.
- Secure all equipment and fishing gear to prevent damage or theft.
- Do not remain on the vessel to ride out the storm or hurricane.
- Secure vessels at the mooring or harbour.
- Do not leave vessels on the beach; they can be damaged by storm surges.
- Comply with the Fisheries Officers on site to have the boat removed by the Tractor Service.
- Make sure there is adequate rope berthing.
- Provide additional fenders to prevent boats from crashing into each other.
- Ensure that the boat is not in danger from falling trees or branches.
- Inform all other fishers at sea through radio, flares and other communication signals.
- Secure farm machinery and tools.
- Farm machinery should be filled with fuel (chainsaws, tractors, trucks.)
- Store enough water and feed to last livestock for at least one week.
- Prune trees and branches that are directly over livestock houses and other farm buildings.
- Clean and clear all watercourses – remove logs and branches.
- Store pesticides and other farm chemicals away from feed and planting materials.
- Secure important documents in waterproof containers.
- Stockpile feed and place at least 2 feet above ground in a dry, flood resistant area.
- Remove cattle and small ruminants from low lying areas and take to higher ground.
- Remove irrigation lines.
- Secure farm records and store in a dry, safe place.
- Disconnect all electrical fixtures on the farm.
- Ensure that you have a first aid kit and store it in a safe dry area.
- Secure planting material for post-storm period.
Citizens and Residents
- Be aware of the possible hazards that may occur. Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety and losses.
- Keep a full tank of gas in the car.
- Listen to a battery powered radio and follow evacuation instructions.
- Have a family plan that deals with communicating in various situations.
- Gather your family and leave if instructed to do so.
- Stay away from downed power lines.
- Family members with disabilities need to be specially taken care of.
- It is also necessary to prepare a plan for caring for your pets.
- Family members should have first aid skills and know CPR.