By Phedre Dumouriez
While meteorologists expect the upcoming storm to pass us by without making landfall, high winds and rain are definitely on the forecast. The Asphyxiation Point Times would like to remind our readers of what to do in case of a weather-based emergency.
Those of you who were on the Island last year at this time know all too well the dangers of sudden, torrential downpours and strong winds.
For those of you who weren't around, consider the words of (NPC) resident Mr. Four Shorty. "When it struck, it stuck fast. I hardly got my windows blocked before it were upon us. And afterwards, it was like driving through a war zone, I would imagine... debris was everywhere and you couldn't hardly walk. It took days for the water to finally recede too!"
With that said, it always helps to be prepared. According to www.ready.gov, basic preparedness tips include:
- Putting together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate;
- Planning for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads;
- Securing and reinforcing windows and doors, including garage doors;
- Purchasing a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages;
- Paying close attention to local media partners, such as Local Channel 68 and WKLH The Lighthouse, for updates and alerts.
Most importantly, listen and follow all instructions given by local officials. They have the experience and skills to keep us all safe and secure should the worse come to pass.