Hurricane Preparedness Tips

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. 

Farmers

  • 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.
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