Extracts from Section 11 of Appendix "A" of the 2005 Nevis Disaster Plan (draft)
11. HURRICANE PRECAUTIONS
1. Before the Hurricane Season
a. At the approach of the hurricane season make sure that all fasteners for outside doors and windows are in order. If possible, windows should be reinforced with
shutters and doors with bars. This also applies to buildings in which cattle and livestock are to be housed.
b. Lay in a small amount of tinned milk and other tinned foods as emergency rations.
c. Keep one or two hurricane lanterns filled with kerosene with matches and candles in readiness. Also keep in stock a supply of firewood and charcoal for cooking
d. A small quantity of first aid supplies may come in useful.
e. Make yourself acquainted with the system of warnings.
f. Make sure that you know the emergency shelter for the area in which you live.
g. Keep your radios on and listen for late warnings and advisories.
h. Pay no attention to rumours.
2. After the Cautionary Warning
a. The cautionary warning will give you ample time in which to make your final preparations and to see your supplies are near at hand.
b. Fill as many clean receptacles as possible with water for drinking.
c. See that all cattle and livestock have plenty of water and food and fasten them securely in suitable buildings. If no buildings are available let the cattle and livestock
fend for themselves and do not tether them.
d. Ensure that your emergency food supplies and first aid are in order.
e. Buckets of sand might also be prepared in case any fire breaks out.
f. It is a good plan to paste strips of paper over glass windows during this period, particularly if there are no shutters. This will strengthen the glass and minimise
g. Secure all loose material that may be in the yard.
h. All boats should be drawn up well above high water mark,
3. After the Final Warning
a. Shut, fasten and barricade all windows and outside doors and do not open them until the hurricane has passed.
b. Take cover in as secure a shelter as possible. Certain churches, schools and public buildings may be open for those wishing to shelter in them.
c. If you go to shelter in any of these buildings take some food with you.
d. Do not shelter in ravines or low lying areas that are likely to flood.
e. If you live in Charlestown or on a main road you can assist by removing from the road outside your house the smaller debris. This will make the work of the
Organisation responsible for opening up communications and dealing with major obstructions a little easier.
f. Do not congregate in roads and thoroughfares.
g. Do not crowd round relief centres needlessly.
h. Do not use your car unless you have a job or work to do.
i. Do not go sightseeing In any case the sights will not he pleasant.
j. Assist the members of the Emergency Organizations as much as possible when asked to do so.
k. The immediate concern is for the injured. Those requiring treatment should go or be taken to the nearest dispensary or police station. If they are ton seriously
injured to be removed give information to the Dispensary or the nearest Police Station.
l. Report any deaths at the Police Station giving as much information regarding identity as you can.
m. If you are rendered homeless and can make no other arrangements, the police will direct you to the emergency shelters or to your local relief centre.
n. If you live in a low lying area be prepared to move to high ground. Those in coastal areas should move further inland. There will probably be high seas.
o. Do not leave the shelter if there is a sudden lull. This may be the centre and the wind will blow again from the opposite direction.
p. If shelter is taken in a house that shows signs of collapsing the best place to take cover is under the stairs or under a stout table or bedstead.
q. Do not go outside during the hurricane.
r. If you are taking shelter in a cellar take with you your supplies of food, water, lanterns, matches, etc. Do not forget a tin opener.
s. An axe or other suitable tool is also useful in case the entrance gets jammed.
t. A bucket or other receptacle with sand and disinfectant should be provided for sanitary purposes.
4. After the Hurricane
Never drink the water without boiling and, if possible filtering until the authorities have declared it safe to drink.