What to do in case of a hurricane

According to the Plan de Protección Civil (Civil Protection Plan), these are the protocols to be followed before, during, and after a hurricane:

Before

  • Have a secure location to protect animals and equipment.
  • Make the necessary repairs to roofs, windows, and walls to avoid major damage.
  • Store fertilizers and insecticides in waterproof places and consider transportation in case of sick, elderly, children, or handicapped family members.
  • Establish a place to meet, in case you are separated.
  • Have a list of emergency items on hand, such as a first aid kit, radio, battery-powered flashlight, extra batteries, and canned food.

During

  • Stay informed with the news that official authorities will provide.
  • Be aware of the location of temporary shelters.
  • If you live near the sea, be prepared for a possible evacuation.

*In case the population considers that their house is safe and is not in a risk zone, the prevention protocols are:

  • Secure and tie up well what the wind may blow.
  • Take animals and work equipment to a safe place.
  • Store loose objects such as flower pots, garbage cans, and tools, among others, that can be dangerously thrown by the wind.
  • Disconnect all appliances and the electrical power switch.
  • Turn off gas and water faucets.
  • Remove TV antennas, signs, and hanging objects.
  • Clean the roof, drains, gutters, and sewers; sweep the street uncovering the sewers.
  • Seal your well cap to have clean backup water.

*In case of evacuation:

  • Secure the house and take essential items with you.
  • Remain calm.
  • Stay informed.
  • Disconnect all appliances and the electrical power switch.
  • Turn off gas and water faucets.
  • Alert the people you know about any emergency message.

After

  • Follow the instructions given by the authorities through the media.
  • In case of injured people, report immediately to the emergency services.
  • Make sure that food is clean.
  • If your house was not damaged, stay in it.
  • Keep gas, electricity, and water disconnected until you are sure there are no leaks or danger of short circuits.
  • Make sure that electrical appliances are dry before plugging them in.
  • Collaborate with your neighbors to repair the damage.
  • Evict standing water to avoid mosquito plague.
  • If necessary, request help from the relief brigade or the nearest authorities.
  • If your house is in the affected area, do not return to it until the authorities indicate so.

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