With experts predicting a more active hurricane season this year, the Miami-based global humanitarian organization Malteser International Americas has released a guide with recommended protocols to follow before, during and after a storm.
“Education and preparation are of paramount importance for those living in hurricane zones,” said Ravi Tripptrap, Executive Director of Malteser International Americas. “While the nuances of particular locations and orders from local authorities will help inform what action to take, residents should prepare for all scenarios.”
- EDUCATION: Know and monitor the early warning systems available (on radio, TV, internet, cell phone); Have knowledge of the closest government-designated shelter and of your evacuation routes.
- EVACUATION: Ensure your vehicle is fueled-up and your evacuation carry-on emergency kit ready in case you need to leave (keep it light: ID, small valuables, cell-phone, radio, flashlight, spare batteries, maps, whistle, energy food & water, small first-aid kit, essential medicines, prescription glasses, adequate clothing and shoes).
- HIBERNATION: Store food, water, medical supplies and other basic commodities before the hurricane (to last up to 3 days); Secure your possession/house against high winds: garden/patio tables & chairs and other outdoor furniture, motorbikes, bicycles, signs, fences, doors, gates, external lights; rain gutters, trim dead branches from nearby trees; If your house has no shutters, plan to tape or board your windows to prevent shattering, secure your doors against high winds.
Additional information on what to do before, during and after a hurricane is available at Malteser International Americas Hurricane Preparedness Tips.
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About Us: Malteser International Americas is a global humanitarian organization with a mission of supporting the vulnerable and marginalized so that they may live a healthy life with dignity. Through our recently established U.S. headquarters, Malteser International Americas provides immediate disaster response and preparedness as well as vital healthcare and nutrition to vulnerable people in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.