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Friday, November 16, 2018

Weather News

NEMA EMERGENCY SHELTERS

EAST BASSETERRE — Southeast Peninsular to Victoria Road (East) Capacity 

  1. Kim Collins Stadium Bird Rock (P) 40 
  2. Newtown Pavilion Ponds Extension (S)20 
  3. Seventh Day Adventist (Lamb Shelter) Wellington Road (S) 20 
  4. Girl Guides Headquarters Taylors Range (S)25 
  5. Hope Chapel George Street (S) 16 

CENTRAL BASSETERRE — Victoria Road West to Wigley Avenue (East)

  1. Methodist Church Hall Victoria Road (P) 80 
  2. Anglican Church Hall Victoria Road (P) 60 
  3. McKnight Community Centre Connell Street (P) 80 
  4. Olivet Gospel Hall Malone Avenue (S) 50 
  5. Dorset Park Dorset (B/terre) (S) 8
  6. Salvation Army Cayon Street (S) 20 

Wigley Avenue (West) to Palmetto Point

  1. St. Johnston Community Centre La Guerite (S)60
  2. Trinity Anglican Hall Palmetto Point (P)70 
  3. Antioch Baptist Church Infirmary Road (P) 60 

Challengers to New Guinea

  1. Old Road Community Centre Old Road (P) 100 
  2. Verchilds Pavilion Verchilds (P)20 
  3. Grace Gospel Hall Middle Island (S) 20 
  4. Ebenezer Methodist Church Hall Old Road (S) 30
  5. Challengers Community Centre Challengers (P) 80 
  6. Halfway Tree Community Centre Halfway Tree (P)20 

Sandy Point to La Vallee 

  1. Sandy Point Community Centre Farm Site (P) 60 
  2. Methodist Church Hall Crab Hill (S) 40
  3. Anglican Church Hall The Alley (P) 30 
  4. Lighthouse Baptist Church Crab Hill (S) 60

Newton Ground to Harris’ 

  1. Newton Ground Preschool Newton Ground (S) 100
  2. St. Pauls Community Centre St. Pauls (P) 100
  3. St Pauls Cricket Pavilion St Pauls (S) 70
  4. Bethel Moravian Church Parsons (S) 40
  5. The Temple Church Dieppe Bay (P) 30
  6. Seventh Day Adventist Building (Downstairs) Harris’ Village (S) 30
  7. Parsons Community Centre Parsons (S) 20

Belle Vue to Ottleys’ Ghaut (East) 

  1. Tabernacle Community Centre Tabernacle (P) 40
  2. Estridge Moravian School Room Mansion (S) 25
  3. Mount Carmel Baptist Church (Lower Floor) Bourryeaux (S) 60
  4. Molineux Sporting Complex Molineux (P) 20
  5. Covenant Outreach Ministries Phillips (P) 40
  6. Miracle Church Lodge Village (P) 30

Ottleys Ghaut (West) to St. Peters

  1. Cayon Community Centre Cayon (P) 60
  2. Conaree Community Centre Conaree (P) 30
  3. Keys Community Centre Keys (P) 20
  4. St. Peters Community Centre St. Peters (P) 60
  5. St. Peters Church of God St. Peters (P) 40
  6. Conaree Sporting Complex Conaree (S) 50
Emergency Services Phone
Police or Ambulance 911
Fire and Rescue 333
Police Information 707
Hospitals Phone
JNF 465-2551
Mary Charles 465-7398
Pogson 465-6231
Alexandra (Nevis) 469-5473
Services Phone
St. Kitts Water Services Department 869-465-8000
SKELEC 869-465-2013 / 600
St. Kitts Public Works Department 869-465-2521
St. Kitts Solid Waste Management Corporation 869-465-9507 \ 869-662-4859

Staying Safe

Know your area’s risk of hurricanes.

Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.

If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for signs such as heavy rain.

Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds, such as a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.

Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.

Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.

Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.

Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.

Protect your property. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.

If told to evacuate, do so immediately.Do not drive around barricades.

If sheltering during high winds, go to a FEMA safe room, ICC 500 storm shelter, or a small, interior, windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor.

If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.

Listen for current emergency information and instructions.

Use a generator or other gasoline powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.

Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown.® Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.

Listen to authorities for information and special instructions.

Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.

Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.

Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.

Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.

Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.

Steps to Take

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

You can build your supplies over time by adding a few items each week or month. Gather in advance the necessary supplies and items you will need to stay safe after the hurricane passes and as you start to recover. Stock food items that do not need refrigeration and will last. Regularly replace items like water, food, medications, and batteries that go bad over time.

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION

Make sure you have everything you’ll need to get in touch with your family either through cell phones or email.

MEDICAL NEEDS

Be equipped to tend to any current or unexpected medical conditions your family may have.

CRITICAL DOCUMENTS

Place any important documents in a waterproof container to help keep them dry and easily accessible.

TOOLS AND SAFETY ITEMS

Small items like matches, flashlights, a multi-purpose tool, and a whistle can make a huge difference for your family while weathering the storm.

FOOD/SUPPLIES

Have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your family. Remember to pack anything specific to your family’s needs.

HYGIENE AND SANITATION

Practising good hygiene can stop the spread of bacteria and infectious disease.

PROTECTIVE GEAR

Protect yourself by packing warm clothes and blankets to prevent hypothermia. Don’t forget protective footwear and gloves too.

COMFORT & PRICELESS ITEMS

You may be away from your home for an extended period and your property may be damaged. Grab any items that are irreplaceable or may provide comfort to your family, especially your children.

Ask yourself, “What would I need for myself and my family if a hurricane struck?” Add any of these specific items to your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist.

Planning and preparing before a hurricane strikes can help you manage the impact of high winds and floodwaters. Take the steps outlined below to keep you and your family safe while protecting your home and property. If you are a renter, talk with your landlord or property manager about the steps you can take together to protect yourself, your family, your home, and your property.

WIND

High winds: The best way to reduce the risk of damage to a structure from hurricane winds is to reinforce or strengthen the building including doors, windows, walls, and roofs. The best way to protect yourself is to consider either constructing a safe room that meets FEMA criteria or a storm shelter that meets ICC 500 criteria.

Wind-borne debris: Bring loose, lightweight objects (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans, and bicycles) inside; anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., gas grills and propane tanks); and trim or remove trees
close enough to fall on buildings.

FLOOD

There are steps that you or your property owner can take now to make your home or business more flood resistant. Some improvements are simple and inexpensive; others require more of an investment. As your budget allows, take these steps to protect your property from flood damage and manage your risks.

• Keep gutters and drains free of debris.
• Install a water alarm and sump pumps with battery backup.
• Install “check valves” in sewer lines to prevent floodwater from backing up into your drains.
• Stockpile emergency protective materials such as plywood, plastic sheeting, and sandbags.
• Elevate the heating system (furnace), water heater, and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
• Waterproof the basement.
• In areas with repetitive flooding, consider elevating the building.

PLAN FOR EVACUATION

If the danger is significant, state or local government officials may issue an evacuation notice. You can do the following to be better prepared.

Learn your community’s evacuation plan and identify several posted routes to leave the area.

Evacuation routes: Check with your state’s Department of Transportation or Office of Emergency Management website to find routes near you.

Emergency shelter location: To find a shelter near you, download the FEMA app at fema.gov/mobile-app.
Once you determine your evacuation route and shelter location, write them down on your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist, which is located at the end of this guide.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BE READY

Plan for your entire household including children, people with disabilities and access and functional needs, and pets.

Keep your gas tank at least half-full at all times. Maintain basic emergency supplies (e.g., snacks, bottled water, first aid kit, flashlight, flares, jumper cables and other tools, a wool blanket, and a change of clothes) in your vehicle.

Pick an out-of-state contact everyone can call to check-in and report their status.

Know where you will meet up if you are separated and where you will stay.

Pack a “go bag” including items you need to take with you if you evacuate. A “go bag” should be easy to carry and kept in a place where you can grab it quickly.

CREATE YOUR FAMILY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION PLAN

Your family may not be together when a hurricane occurs, so it is important to know how to contact one another and how to get back together.

Keep important numbers written down in your wallet in case you cannot access the contact list in your phone. Landline and cellular phone systems are often overwhelmed following a disaster, so you may need to use text
messages and social media.

Designate an out-of-town contact who can help your household reconnect. Be sure to practice your plan with your family.

Write down any important phone numbers on your Hurricane Preparedness Checklist so you can access them easily.

HURRICANE SAFETY

Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. On average, 12 tropical storms, 6 of which become hurricanes form over the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or Gulf of Mexico during the hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. In the Central Pacific Ocean, an average of 3 tropical storms, 2 of which become hurricanes form or move over the area during the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.

By knowing what actions to take before the hurricane season begins, when a hurricane approaches, and when the storm is in your area, as well as what to do after a hurricane leaves your area, you can increase your chance of survival.

HURRICANE HAZARDS

While hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, tropical storms and depression also can be devastating. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents.

Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm’s winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.

Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries. Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated. Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.
Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.

Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone’s strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.