Bulletin: issued when a significant weather system is detected in the area.
Advisory: issued at regular intervals when a tropical storm or hurricane is first detected in the area.
Watch: issued when the hurricane continues its advance, and hurricane conditions are a real possibility within 48 hours.
Warning: issued when once it is established that hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours.
What to do before the
Windows and doors: make sure that all fasteners for outside doors and windows are in order. Wherever possible, windows should be reinforced with shutters and doors
The roof: make sure that the roof covering is properly fixed to the rafters. Roof sheeting must be properly fixed to supports, preferably with long drive screws. Spaces between the roof and the supports should be sealed off during hurricane periods. A high wind will lift a roof if it gets into the air space between the roof and the supports
Frames of wooden houses: wooden corner posts of houses should be secured to stone blocks by fixing stakes to the posts and driving them well into the ground. If the posts are resting on concrete blocks they should be firmly fixed to the blocks with iron strips embedded in the concrete.
Houses should be protected against wood ants. Houses infected by these termites very often collapse in a hurricane.
Useful supplies: try to ensure that there is a reserve supply of tinned milk and other tinned food as emergency rations in the home. Keep one or two hurricane lanterns filled with kerosene. Keep matches in readiness also.
A small quantity of first aid supplies may be useful. Keep supplies of clean drinking water to hand. Make sure that any open drinking water tanks are kept securely covered.
Have a can opener.
Trees: any trees or branches which hang directly over a house or which look as if they might damage it in a hurricane should be trimmed.
Shelter: know where your Emergency Shelter is located.
What to do on the approach
of a hurricane
On hearing hurricane advisory, listen carefully for other messages that follow the advisory.
On hearing hurricane watch, continue normal activities, but stay tuned to radio or television for further messages.
On hearing hurricane warning, see that all livestock have plenty of water and food, and fasten them securely in suitable buildings, if not leave them untethered;
fill as many clean receptacles as possible with drinking water;
shut, fasten and barricade all windows and outside doors;
if possible, prepare buckets of sand for use in case a fire breaks out; take cover in as secure a shelter as possible. Certain churches, schools and public buildings will be opened for those needing to shelter in them. It would be wise to take a small supply of food to the shelter. Take your medication with you;
if shelter is taken in a house that shows signs of collapsing, then the best place to take cover is under stairs or under a table or bedstead;
all fishing boats should be drawn up well above
What to do during the hurricane
Do not leave your house or shelter during the hurricane.
Do not open windows and barricades until the hurricane has passed.
Do not go outside during the hurricane.
Do not shelter in gullies or low-lying areas that are
likely to flood.
Do not leave the shelter if there is a sudden lull in the hurricane. This may be the centre of the hurricane, and the wind will start up again very violently from the
After the hurricane
Assist the members of the Emergency Relief Organization as much as possible, if asked to do so.
Help to take the injured requiring treatment, who are the immediate concern, to the nearest first aid post or district hospital.
Report deaths at the police station.
See that the injured, even those slightly hurt, are inoculated against tetanus.
Assist by removing the smaller pieces of debris from outside houses, particularly if you live in the Bridgetown area, or on the main road.
Do not touch fallen electric wires.
Do not congregate in roads and thoroughfares.
Do not throw garbage, food waste or dead animals in the street. Help to protect the health of you community.
Do not use a car unless there is an urgent job be done.
Do not overcrowd relief centres needlessly.
Do not go sightseeing.
Do not drink water without first boiling it unless the health authorities have declared the water supply restored to normal.
Do not waste water.