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Hurricanes

Hurricanes and storms are a major threat to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands. Universal Group wants you to be informed and prepared about what to do before, during and after a storm. These atmospheric phenomenons produce two types of emergencies, one is the destructive impact of its winds, and the other the large amount of rain that accompanies them. Luckily, hurricanes are predictable, and today we have very sophisticated technology to watch their courses and forecast in advance where the winds and precipitation will impact. Get ready for the hurricane season (June 1st to November 30).

 

Definitions:

 


Tropical storm or hurricane watch - it is issued to inform the passage of a storm within the next 24 to 36 hours.


Tropical storm or hurricane warning - it is issued when a storm hit is imminent in the next 24 hours.


 

Before the Hurricane

 


•Examine the structural conditions of your residence.

•Go over the evacuation plan from your home and coordinate at least two (2) alternate ways to evacuate your home.

•If you live in a flood-prone area, you must make arrangements with family and friends who can offer you accommodation in case of an emergency.

•Save or secure loose objects around your residence.

•Make sure you already have your first aid kit, batteries, lantern, battery radio, candles, gas stove, medications, plastic bags, at least a three (3) day supply of food that doesn’t require being cooked, bottled water or at least two (2) liters of potable water per family members, some tools and protect your glass windows and doors.

•Place all of your important documents in an elevated area of your home and cover them with plastic bags.

•Check your first aid kit and medications.

•Keep cash in your home.

•Fill the gas tank of your vehicle.

•Move your vehicle to a safe place away from trees and structures that can be affected by the wind, and make sure they are parked in a way that would facilitate a quick exit.

•Keep your animals and pets in a safe place. Leave them water and food in case you have to leave your home.

•Head over to the nearest shelter if it is risky to stay in your residence.

 

During the passage of the Storm and / or Hurricane

 


•Stay informed by listening to the latest news bulletins.

•Keep calm so you can make correct decisions.

•Stay inside your residence. If you have to evacuate your home, bring toiletries, medications, bedding and at least one (1) change of clothes per household member.

•Store loose objects around your home in a safe place.

•Secure your personal belongings and documents of value.

 

During the Hurricane

 

•Stay informed by listening to the latest bulletins.

•Stay calm so you can make the right decisions.


•Stay inside your house. If you must evacuate your home, provide identification cards to their children.

•Stay away from windows and glass doors and stay on the opposite side to the wind direction.


•Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages.


 

After the Storm and / or Hurricane

 


•Stay informed with the latest bulletins and follow instructions.


•Use the telephone only for emergency calls.


•Do not be curious, do not use your vehicle unless it is necessary and if you must leave, do so with extreme caution.


•Stay away from structures or areas that have been affected by wind or rain.


•Clean your residence as soon as possible.


•Help your neighbors.


•As soon as water service is restored, sterilize it appropriately for family consumption. Boil the water for at least fifteen (15) minutes, add two (2) drops of chlorine-based bleach per liter of water, shake well and wait another fifteen (15) minutes.


•Take pictures of the damage.


•Take inventory of the damage to your home and immediately notify your insurance representative.


•Make temporary repairs to prevent further loss and keep a receipt of the costs incurred.


•If you have an electricity generator, follow the manufacturer's instructions to operate efficiently and avoid accidents.


Visit the following websites for additional information:


NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)


Federal Emergency Management Agency


National Fire Protection Association


US Geological Survey



 





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