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Before a hurricane

​Are you ready for a hurricane?

  • Listen to local Radio for critical information.
  • Check your disaster supplies. Replace or restock as needed
  • Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).
  • Close your windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
  • Turn off propane tank.
  • Unplug small appliances.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Create a hurricane evacuation plan with members of your household. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
  • Find out about your community’s hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs and make plans for your pets to be cared for.
  • Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Check your insurance. It’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the island.

Find a shelter

* New Testament Baptist Church, A.C. Cannegieter straat , Philipsburg
* Sr. Marie – Laurence School, Ellis Drive 01, Middle Region
* St. Maarten Academy, Cupper Drive, Cul de Sac
* Milton Peters College, L.B. Scott z/n, South Reward
* Rupert I Maynard Youth Community Center, St. Peters Road, St. Peters
* Leonard Conner School, Venus Drive, Cay Bay
* Allan C. Halley Community Centre, Simpson Bay Road 27, Simpson Bay
* The Salvation Army Building, Union Road 59, Cole Bay
* Christian Fellowship Church, Welfare Road 95, Cole Bay

What to do during a hurricane? Find out here.
How to recover after a hurricane? Find out here.

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