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Hurricane Season

 

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in the United States Officially begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th.
The southern and western coasts of Florida, the coasts of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi are the most at risk, as are all the Caribbean islands of the district (Bahamas, Giamaica Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands, British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and St. Maarten and the other Dutch islands of Saba and St. Eustatius).

The National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) supervises all phases of hurricane development from their formation off the coast of Africa and provides information on their intensity and direction and possible area of impact of the hurricane. All this information is available on NOAA’s website https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ 

Local authorities, especially in Florida, have acquired considerable experience in managing emergencies related to hurricanes and relay all information and advisories to residents of at risk areas so that they make take the proper safety measures.
When the arrival of a hurricane is imminent, a "Hurricane Warning" is issued and Authorities may suggest voluntary evacuation for high risk areas and advise residents to move to shelters (usually public buildings). Depending on the intensity of the Hurricane, Authorities may issue a mandatory evacuation order. Once an evacuation order has been issued, the Storm Aides For Everyone (SAFE) app can be used to find transportation and assistance points, distribution points for essential goods and services (food, water, hospital care).

When a hurricane occurs, electricity, telephone communication (including mobile phones) and Internet are interrupted.
It is absolutely forbidden to go outside for the duration of the hurricane. Once local authorities have determined that the hurricane has passed and residents are allowed to go outside the situation will remain difficult and dangerous. Fallen trees and branches obstruct many roads and there are also exposed electric cables. Depending on the intensity of the hurricane and the damage to buildings and infrastructure, the emergency situation could last for an undefined amount of time.

CARIBBEAN ISLANDS
Prior to the arrival of a hurricane, local authorities issue preventative and warning measures to the population similar to those of the United States. The Consulate, during the notice period, will refer to the orders of the local authorities and can provide assistance to residents should the local Authorities issue an evacuation order.
Areas where we have consular-honorary officials or consular correspondents are: Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos and Cayman Islands. We have no correspondents at the US Virgin Islands, St. Marteen, St. Eustatius and Saba. For Dutch Antilles and the British overseas territories, assistance is held by British and Dutch general consulates.

Attention: Please note that when extreme weather events occur, ports, airports and in some cases hotels may remain closed (even for days), in these cases fellow countrymen must follow the instructions issued by the local Authorities.

PREPARATION PLAN – BE PREPARED!
Residents are urged to develop a disaster preparedness plan before an emergency strikes. Plan in advance where you will stay, how you will get there and what supplies you will take.
1. Make arrangements with friends or relatives living in a non-evacuation area or check into a hotel located inland or, as a last resort, use a public shelter.
2. Have a transportation plan for emergencies.
3. Tell family and neighbors where you would go to stay in case of an emergency.
4. If you own a boat have a plan to secure it or take it elsewhere.
5. Don’t leave your pet(s) behind make arrangements with a kennel or friend to care for your pet(s).


BEFORE EVACUATING SECURE YOU’RE HOME/CONDO/APARTMENT:
Take down and bring in any signs, tables, garbage cans, plants, furniture, umbrellas, and other loose and/or unsecured structures from outdoors, including all balconies.

PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING IN MIND WHEN PREPARING YOUR HOME BEFORE EVACUATING:
• Fill prescriptions and fill vehicle gas tanks
• Unplug TV/computer and bring antenna and satellite dish inside
• Move furniture and electronics away from windows.

SURVIVAL KIT
Keep a kit in your home with the following items in it. Some of these items will be needed to secure your home, some you will take with you when you evacuate, and others will be needed once the storm has passed and you are allowed to return home.

- Radio/TV/Fan (battery powered)
- Flashlights
- Batteries
- Can opener
- First aid kit
- Seasonal clothing
- Blankets and pillows
- Insect repellant
- Matches, lantern or lighter
- Prescription medicines
- Baby diapers and toiletries
- Spare keys to home and vehicles
- Fuel (stored in an approved container) and fire extinguisher
- Map of the area
- Get cash as the power will prevent credit card usage

STORM SURGE PLANNING ZONE- MIAMI DADE COUNTY

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KNOW YOUR ZONE:
Zone A is at greatest risk for storm surge for Category 1 and higher storms.
Zone B is at risk for storm surge for Category 2 and higher storms.
Zone C is at risk for storm surge for Category 3 and higher storms.
Zone D is at risk for storm surge for Category 4 and higher storms.
Zone E is at risk for storm surge from Category 5 storms.

TO KNOW YOUR ZONE, CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

https://mdc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4919c85a439f40c68d7b3c81c3f44b58


MIAMI DADE COUNTY HURRICANE GUIDE:

https://www8.miamidade.gov/global/emergency/hurricane/home.page 

PHONE NUMBERS WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA

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COLLIER COUNTY FLORIDA STORM SURGE MAP

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COLLIER COUNTY HURRICANE GUIDE: https://www.colliercountyfl.gov/your-government/divisions-a-e/emergency-management   

For further info, click the links below:
https://www.fema.gov/how-do-i-find-place-stay 
https://www.ready.gov/shelter 
https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan 
• https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane 


For specific info of each area:
• FLORIDA https://www.floridadisaster.org/ 
• ALABAMA https://ema.alabama.gov/2018/06/01/alabama-ema-encourage-residents-to-prepare-for-hurricane-season/ 
• GEORGIA http://ready.ga.gov/be-informed/hurricanes/ 
• MISSISIPPI http://www.msema.org/preparedness/ 
• SOUTH CAROLINA https://www.scemd.org/prepare/types-of-disasters/hurricanes/ 
• GIAMAICA https://jis.gov.jm/information/tips/hurricane-tips/ 
• PUERTO RICO https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2019/05/14/2019-hurricane-season-starts-june-1-prepare-now 
• ST. MARTEEN, http://www.sintmaartengov.org/PressReleases/Pages/The-2019-Tropical-Atlantic-Hurricane-Season.aspx 
• ST. EUSTATIUS http://knmidc.org/Factsheet_hurricane_warnings_Netherlands_Caribbean_English.pdf 
• SABA http://knmidc.org/Factsheet_hurricane_warnings_Netherlands_Caribbean_English.pdf 
• AMERICAN VIRGIN ISLANDS http://www.vitema.vi.gov/plan-prepare/hurricanes 
• BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS http://www.bvi.gov.vg/departments/department-disaster-management 
• CAYMAN ISLANDS http://www.caymanprepared.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/hmchome 
• TURKS & CAICOS. https://www.gov.tc/ddme/hazards/hurricane 
• BAHAMAS http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/portal/public/hurricane%20preparedness/!ut/p/b1/vZLbkqIwEIafZR7AIQEC8TICIionCccbS0HFACoycnr6Zau2ag9VO1c727noStWffN1_N5dwEZfcDu31cvi43m-H8vs9kfYC0E1CRGzqCEjA8J0tceQVb0M0CeJJAP4SBHz6fsNzIRfRuOvVxrxoxNuLTVxeGo94SXnjNai9VNO9uuZibF9qtIkOesyDs32S7xBJotU0PkOnbWmtpKdtxEOb3xeow20hb5dCecNWchC8MFXuwXXC5huhT4NXs8MkdAKhMtqFVXWp0SgvWRdKpuVqEvYCWdo5DA-uXvc7B7UOJmeLBL75NtWafNqOCH4IPrHDWt2rExdPMvmXf2gAgAEB2XnQBdiCHOUiIO49NjyMsRh3bPTGRut6TysAHMPBVFe-5ZdrmgWWWcAtoFOmpmCxuPdAAawscrJg5y8IOdNLt_oTaPN0PgEVKG18BDwgfjVQRzaenJKpQxAPdBv-b6DwXy3VHRt8eYe_LY3o_vsZrrnkeqzeu7R6B-94LkEkY3GOJSCKWOYCFktztTE61did89RnLEz5LJcumbZ8SGhtzI5a-jGULYVu3yikF6LsNkSnyhJOtyHPSLd8PBE-x5QWisz0gjRXL8FqUn_4kTZT_AKuPbMfunpWLGIonm796Foo0FhGd1JSCei17mfhQbi2bL1mda8tX7kdaA_0xLBMjwqrqSV6fe3OLaiuUM34rkkq5Sm_RloUwv4-5M3HrDnWnccy9-2Ne1R--1h1EP883Tf1Kvhg/dl4/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/ 


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