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2017 hurricane season message

McCleary Frederick, Hazard Management Cayman Islands director If you look at statistics, the Cayman Islands are impacted by hurricanes or tropical storms every two years. This long-term frequency rate provides sufficient evidence that the hurricane threat is significant, however, we have actually been largely spared from direct impacts over the …

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Caring for pets during a hurricane

The single most important thing you can do to protect your pets during a hurricane is to take them with you. If it’s not safe for you to stay, then it’s not safe for your animals. Pets that are left behind can be injured, lost, or killed. If they are …

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Hurricane and tropical storm alerts, signals and flags

Understanding tropical and hurricane storm signal flags are key during hurricane season. Warning flags are flown from a selection of locations across Cayman, including Owen Roberts International Airport, fire stations and police stations, the National Museum of the Cayman Islands, and the Courts Office. Note, that hurricane signal flags are …

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Hurricane shelters

If your home is not in a safe place or not adequately hurricane proof, your best bet is to head to family and friends, or failing that, one of the hurricane shelters listed below. Prior to the start of hurricane season make sure you familiarise yourself with your closest shelter …

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Hurricanes of the past

Hurricane Paloma (Nov. 8, 2008) Hurricane Paloma hit Cayman Brac and Little Cayman with 140 mph winds resulting in extensive property damage, some injuries, but no deaths. Hurricane Ivan (Sept. 11-12, 2004) Hurricane Ivan tracked just to the south of Grand Cayman with winds of 155 mph. Storm surge was …

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Pantry foods to keep you nourished

Eating healthy food is just as important following a hurricane. Eating the wrong foods, such as gorging on high-sugar and high-sodium foods can lead to mood swings and an increased risk of high blood pressure. Choosing the right foods will help keep your blood sugars stable and help you think …

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Prepare your disaster kit

Don’t be blown away this hurricane season. With few hurricanes over the past years, it’s easy to become complacent. Ensuring you have a disaster kit is extremely important during hurricane season. Here are some of the most critical supplies to have on hand, well before a hurricane threatens. At least …

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Protecting your home

It’s important to prepare your home for the worst case scenario during hurricane season. There’s no way in which to make a home 100 percent hurricane proof, but you can do a number of things to give your home a fighting chance at weathering the storm. Windows It is essential …

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The local picture

By John Tibbetts, director general, Cayman Islands National Weather Service As we approach the 2017 hurricane season we take note of the very unusual period of heavy showers in the month of April and the presence of Post-Tropical Cyclone Arlene in a month that rarely experiences such systems. We are …

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US gets hit by storms often

America has had its fair share of hurricanes in recent history Name: Hurricane Sandy Date: Oct. 22-29, 2012 Strength: Category 3 storm. Made landfall in Cuba as a Category 2. Hit New Jersey as a Post-Tropical Cyclone. Path: included Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, New Jersey and New York coastlines. Damage: $50 …

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