Don’t let your guard down during hurricane season- Minister Rivers
In emphasising the importance of hurricane preparedness on a national, as well as, a personal level Home Affairs Minister, Tara Rivers told Caymanians not to let their guard down as it relates to storm threats.
“There are still almost three months left until the end of the 2017 hurricane season, and I urge that all residents prepare with energy and dedication,” said Rivers in a release on Tuesday.
Rivers encouraged all Caymanians to put hurricane plans in place and maintain “necessary and essential supplies ready to go at a moment’s notice”.
“Mother Nature is truly unpredictable, and we must all be cognisant of the importance of being ready at all times during hurricane season, as a storm could quickly develop and be upon us with relatively little warning,” said Rivers.
The minister also used the opportunity to extend her thoughts and prayers to the island’s Caribbean brothers and sisters, in addition to those in Florida, and others who are in the projected path of Hurricane Irma
“Our hearts are with all those persons in the Leeward Islands and Greater Antilles who will soon feel the serious impact of this major storm. May God bless you and be with you,” said Rivers.
Rivers noted that while Cayman Islands National Weather Service reports the hurricane is not a direct threat for the Cayman Islands residents should continue to monitor the system closely.
“We must remember that no two hurricanes are the same, and each storm has the potential to bring its own devastating effects, “added Rivers.
Rivers further encouraged residents who have used up their emergency stock of non-perishable food and emergency water supplies to replace them.
“All residents should aim to have a three-day supply of non-perishable food that does not require refrigeration, preparation, or cooking. Your hurricane supply kit should also have a minimum of 3 gallons of water for each person in the home,” said Rivers.
In addition, Rivers said all residents should have flashlights; a battery-operated radio, first aid supplies and ensure that insurance premiums are up-to-date.
Rivers also encouraged to clean up their surroundings cutting back trees that overhang homes and buildings and removing any loose debris.
She further stressed the need for all residents, especially those with property in a low lying areas or close to the coastline, to plan for getting to nearest shelter should a storm surges occur.
For those planning trips to leave the Islands prior to, or after a hurricane, Rivers stressed the need to ensure that all travel documents are updated and that visas or visa waivers are obtained.