Tuesday, September 27: The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) urges the public to monitor the progress of the storm and to listen for national weather advisories.
The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in association with the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services continues to monitor the development and progress of a broad area of low pressure disturbance.
According to the Saint Lucia Met. Services, a broad area of low pressure located approximately 1050 miles or 1689 kilometers east southeast of the Windward Island continues to show signs of development. This system is moving westward at about 18 mph or 30 km/h and the center is expected to cross the island chain near the Central Windward Islands about Wednesday this week bringing strong gusty winds, heavy rainfall and rough seas.
Consequently, NEMO urges residents and visitors alike to closely monitor the progress of this disturbance and to listen to advisories from the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services and NEMO. The public is also encouraged to take the necessary steps to be prepared for any severe weather which may be experienced.
Here are a few preparedness tips:
- Know your emergency shelters: Contact NEMO for shelters closest to you. Have evacuation routes planned to the emergency shelters near you.
- Have a hurricane survival kit
- Protect your windows: Permanent shutters are the best protection. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2 inch plywood (marine plywood is best) cut to fit each window. Remember to label each panel according to its respective window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. Do this long before the storm.
- Trim back branches from trees: Trim branches away from your home and cut all dead or weak branches on any trees on your property.
- Check into your home and auto insurance: Confirm that policies are valid and coverage is appropriate.
- Make arrangements for pets and livestock: Pets may not be allowed into emergency shelters for health and space reasons.
- Develop an emergency communication plan: Make sure that all family members know what to do. Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water. Teach children how and when to call the police or fire departments and which radio station to tune to for emergency information. In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.
And remember: DO NOT PANIC
For further information, email: [email protected] or phone 758.452.3802, 758.468.2126, or 758.484.9860.