Published On: Wed, Sep 28th, 2016

Hurricane Preparedness – Be Ready

WILLEMSTAD - Curacao Chronicle is appealing to residents not to let their guard down, preparedness pays off, do not be complacent and have all necessary preparations rapped up.

Two keys to weather safety are to prepare for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials. These are essential pieces to the Weather-Ready Nation.

Some highlights on how to prepare and take action are available below:

  • Gather Information
  • Plan & Take Action
  • Recover
  • Resources

Gather Information

Know if you live in an evacuation area, these are usually at the south coast of the island. Assess your risks and know your home's vulnerability to storm surge,flooding and wind. Understand National Weather Service forecast products and especially the meaning of watches and warnings.

Contact the calamity office and local government/emergency management office. Find out what type of emergencies could occur and how you should respond.


Keep a list of contact information for reference.

  • Local Emergency Management Office
  • Island Law Enforcement
  • Island Public Safety Fire/Rescue
  • Hospitals
  • Utility companies
  • Red Cross
  • TV Stations
  • Radio Stations
  • Your Property Insurance Agent

Risk Analysis

Online hazard and vulnerability assessment tools are available to gather information about your risks.

  • Check your hazards risks.
  • Rate your flood risk.

Plan & Take Action

Everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected. Your friends and family may not be together when disaster strikes. How will you find each other? Will you know if your children or parents are safe? You may have to evacuate or be confined to your home. What will you do if water, gas, electricity or phone services are shut off?

Supplies Kit

Put together a basic disaster supplies kit and consider storage locations for different situations.

Emergency Plans

Develop and document plans for your specific risks.

  • Protect yourself and family with a Family Emergency Plan
  • Be sure to plan for locations away from home, know where the shelters are.
  • Business owners and site locations should create work place plan
  • Make sure schools and daycares have School Emergency Plans
  • Pet owners should have plans to care for their animals. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offer information on animal health impacts in evacuation shelters.
  • Prepare your boat and be aware of marine safety if you are on or near the water.

Health & Environment

Follow guidelines to guard your community's health and protect the environment during and after the storm.

  • Review the Centers for Disease Control's (GGD) health considerations before, during, and after a storm.
  • Remember to follow the Government’s  guidelines for food and water safety during disasters.
  • Review the Environmental Protection Department’s suggestions for health and environmental safety in disaster preparedness.


  • Review the Fire Department and the Police’s guidelines for evacuation to allow for enough time to pack and inform friends and family if you need to leave your home. FOLLOW instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered!
  • Consider your protection options to decide whether to stay or evacuate your home if you are not ordered to evacuate.

When waiting out a storm be careful, the danger may not be over yet...

Be alert for:

  • The calm "eye" of the storm – it may seem like the storm is over, but after the eye passes, the winds will change direction and quickly return to hurricane force.


  • Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home.
  • Remember that recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process.


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