Evacuation centers should only be considered as a shelter of last resort. Once an evacuation order is given, a list of open evacuation centers will be announced. Details will be posted on www.facebook.com/sxmgov and www.sintmaartengov.org
If you own a boat, remember to secure it properly. Use double lines at a marina or consider dry-dock storage. Never try to ride out a hurricane in your boat.
STORM SURGE ZONES
Storm surge is the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. It occurs when water from the ocean is pushed on shore by the force of tropical storms or hurricanes.
** A Storm Surge Planning Zone is an area that could be affected by a storm surge of 1 1/2 feet or higher during a hurricane. Evacuation decisions are heavily predicated on storm surge planning.
- Monitor www.facebook.com/sxmgov, www.facebook.com/sxmweather, www.sintmaartengov.org and www. meteosxm.com, radio station 107.9FM and television for weather updates and instructions from public safety officials.
- Stay indoors, preferably in a room with no windows.
- Take your emergency kit and disaster supplies with you if you move from room to room or if you evacuate to a shelter.
- If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker
- Use flashlights, not candles or kerosene lamps, as your light source.
- Avoid using the phone and do not bathe or shower during the storm.
- If you lose power, turn off all major appliances.
- Do not go outside during the eye of the storm. The calm is brief before hurricane-force winds return.
- Keep children informed about what’s happening and watch for signs of stress.
- Keep animals in their carriers or crate.
- Get in the bathtub and pull a mattress over you to protect yourself from debris if your home begins to come apart.