Tips to prepare for a tropical storm Loop Cayman Islands

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If you hear that there is a tropical storm or hurricane watch or warning in the Cayman Islands, you must take steps to get ready.

First off, know the difference between a “watch” and “warning”.

Tropical Storm Watch: Issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 39 to 73 mph or higher is possible, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surges, coastal flooding, or other flooding.

Tropical Storm Warning: Issued when sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. These winds may be accompanied by storm surges, coastal flooding, or other flooding.

Hurricane Watch: Issued when hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible within the specified area. A hurricane watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds.

Hurricane Warning: Issued to indicate that hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are expected somewhere within the warned area. The hurricane warning is issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds to allow for important preparation.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for a Tropical Storm in the following ways:

Prepare an emergency supply kit: Gather emergency supplies including emergency medical supplies. This should also include emergency power sources such as flashlights (don’t forget extra batteries), candles, matches and cell phone chargers.Safety and personal items: Always keep an emergency kit in your car. If you need to leave home, you should take your emergency supply kit and only take what you really need with you (cell phone, chargers, medicines, identification like a passport or license, and cash).Safely store important documents, including medical documents, wills, passports, and personal identification.All vessels should be secured as quickly as possible. Move cars and trucks into your garage or under cover. As Tropical Storm Grace showed us, you should move vehicles to a place where they will not be threatened by a fallen tree.If you don’t own a car, consider making plans with friends or family or call authorities to get a ride if you need to evacuate.Get your family and pets ready.Discuss an emergency plan with your family.Clear your yard. Make sure there’s nothing that could blow around during the storm and damage your home. Move bikes, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks, and building material inside or under shelter.Prepare for possible power outages: Charge up your phones, if you can find a car charger for your phone get one.Store water in containers (gallon per person per day for 3-5 days; a family of 4 that is equivalent to 5 cases of bottled water).Stock up with non-perishable food such as canned goods and things you can eat quickly and easily without refrigeration.

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