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Hurricane Season

 

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in the Caribbean Area begins in June and ends in November. Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and Grenadine, Trinidad & Tobago are the most at risk.

The National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) from United States supervises all phases of hurricane development from their formation off the coast of Africa and provides information on their intensity and direction and possible area of impact of the hurricane. All this information is available on NOAA’s website https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.

 

Local authorities have acquired considerable experience in managing emergencies related to hurricanes and relay all information and advisories to residents of at risk areas so that they make take the proper safety measures. Usually, when the arrival of a hurricane is imminent, a "Hurricane Warning" will be issued and Authorities may suggest voluntary evacuation for high risk areas and advise residents to move to shelters and, depending on the intensity of the Hurricane, Authorities may issue a mandatory evacuation order. 

Actions may change from country to country but in any case, the Embassy of Italy suggest to evacuate immediately the Country, if possible.

 

When a hurricane occurs, electricity, telephone communication (including mobile phones) and Internet will be probably interrupted.
It is forbidden to go outside for the duration of the hurricane. Once local authorities have determined that the hurricane has passed and residents are allowed to go outside the situation will remain difficult and dangerous. Fallen trees and branches obstruct many roads and there are also exposed electric cables. Depending on the intensity of the hurricane and the damage to buildings and infrastructure, the emergency situation could last for an undefined amount of time.

 

Please note that when extreme weather events occur, ports, airports and in some cases hotels may remain closed (even for days), in these cases all Italian citizens must follow the instructions issued by the local Authorities. Also, it is not guaranteed that offices of Honorary Consuls will be open or reachable in the very first days after the event.

If you are planning to travel or stay in any of mentioned countries during the Hurricane Season, please remind to register your travel details on Dove Siamo nel Mondo website.

 

 

 

"PREPARATION PLAN": BE PREPARED!
It is suggested to:
1. agree with friends or relatives who live in a non-evacuation or low-risk area or go to a hotel located in the hinterland or use a public refuge;
2. If it is necessary to go to a shelter, carefully follow the recommendations of the Local Authorities;
3. have a plan for evacuation;
4. communicate to family and neighbors where they will go in case of emergency;
5. if you have owned boats, move them to safe places;
6. take care of your pet and expect friends or family members to take care of it.

In the event of an evacuation, it is tu suggested to:
• bring medicines with you;
• make sure you have fueled your car;
• disconnect the TV and the computer and bring the antenna or satellite dish inside your home;
• move furniture, appliances and other objects indoors, away from the windows.

SURVIVAL KIT
As an example, some useful items:
- radio / TV / fan (battery operated);
- electric torch;
- batteries;
- can opener;
- first aid kit;
- clothes;
- blankets and pillows;
- insect repellent;
- matches, lanterns and lighters;
- essential medicines;
- items for personal hygiene and for the hygiene of children;
- spare keys for the car and home;
- fuel (stored in special containers) and fire extinguisher;
- map of the area;
- cash money.


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