Hurricane Preparedness

Odile_Sept_14_2014_1755Z_(alternate)Hurricanes in BCS! Before, During and After a Hurricane

Emergency Supplies Kit List Download:

Hurricane Advice (PDF)

Items Checklist

Before Hurricane Season – Make a plan!Buy food that will keep and store drinking water for 4-5+ days. 1 gallon a person/day.

Unplug all electronics. Turn off circuit breakers. Stock up with a transistor radio, batteries, first aid supplies and medications.  Turn off gas tank in case rigid connections break.

Turn up ref temperature and make plastic ‘ice bottles’ in freezer to use in a cooler if you are without electricity after the storm. Charge up cell phones and/or invest in a solar phone charger.

Make emergency plans for pets. Keep extra food for them.
Fuel and service your vehicles. Keep a small emergency kit in car.
Check emergency equipment, such as lanterns, flashlights, generators and battery-power.

Check Hurricane Reports:

Learn location of official shelters. Schools/Community Center/Centro de Salud.

Do not use a generator inside house. (Danger of asphyxiation). Keep generator dry.

Use 3/4″ marine plywood or other material to protect windows if you have bracket frames.

Sand bags outside of doors, stuffing door and window cracks with plastic bags and having towels (and a bucket) on hand will help keep the water from flooding inside.

Clear and secure rain gutters and downspouts.
Trim trees. Move potted plants and coconuts from trees if possible.
Decide where to move a boat or other outdoor things in an emergency.

Cabo Mil (96.3 FM) has news in English at 6pm.
Maybe a keep a nice bottle of Tequila and lime handy…?  ;)

Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible within specified coastal area. Because hurricane preparedness activities are difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is issued 48 hrs in advance of anticipated tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in the specified area of the warning. Because hurricane preparedness activities become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane warning is issued 36 hrs in advance of the anticipated tropical-storm- force winds.

Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings: Take these alerts seriously. Although Tropical Storms have lower wind speeds than hurricanes, They often bring life-threatening flooding and dangerous winds. Take precautions!

Before & During the Storm (When in a Watch area… )
Listen to radio or internet for bulletins of a storm’s progress.
Store patio furniture and light-weight objects, such as garbage cans and garden tools.
Have cash on hand in case power goes out, ATMs don’t always work.
Board up windows if possible in case you have to evacuate.

Plan to Evacuate if you…
…If you live on the coastline, or flood plain. In addition to wind, flooding from storm surge waves is a major killer.
…Live in a mobile home, as it is unsafe in high winds no matter how well fastened.

When in a Warning area…

Monitor radio and internet for weather conditions and official bulletins.

Close storm shutters. Follow instructions issued by local officials.

If evacuating, leave as soon as possible. Stay with friends/relatives, at low-rise inland motel or a designated public shelter outside the flood zone. DO NOT stay in a mobile home.
Notify neighbors and a family member outside of the area of your evacuation plans.
Bring pets with you if possible, but remember, most public shelters do not allow pets other than those used by the handicapped. Identify pet-friendly motels along evacuation route.

If Staying in a Home…

Turn up refrigerator to maximum cold and keep closed if no flooding inside.
Turn off propane tanks and small appliances. Unplug all electrical equipment. Fill bathtub and large containers with water in case tap water is unavailable. Use water in bathtubs for cleaning and flushing only. Do NOT drink it. With a gravity fed Tinaco or easy access to full cistern water you have a supply. Stay calm and know it will pass, experience nature’s spectacular force!

If Winds Become Strong…

Stay away from windows and doors, even if covered.
Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway.
Close all interior doors. Secure and brace external doors.
If you are in a two story house, go to an interior 1st floor room.
If you are in a multi-story building and away from water, go to the 1st or 2nd floor and stay in the halls or other interior rooms away from windows.

Be Alert For...
The calm “eye” of the storm. It may seem like the storm is over but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.

What to Bring to a Shelter …

First aid kit, toiletries, personal care and medicines, teddy bear or pillow…
Medicine, prescriptions . Baby food and diapers if needed. Games, books, music players with headphones Battery-powered radio and cell phone (w/charger).

After the Storm
Listen to radio, TV or Internet Weather.
Wait until an area is declared safe before entering.
Watch for closed roads. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, Turn Around! Avoid weakened bridges and washed out roads.
Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from power lines.
Once home, check gas, water and electrical lines and appliances for damage.
Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Be very careful with candles indoors.
Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until it is safe.
Help others that may need it. (Older people, and people who live alone.)

Weather check sites…

National Hurricane Center – Eastern Pacific