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                    April 2010

When a hurricane is near the Caribbean, official meteorological
reports will be issued about its strength, speed and direction. If
there is a possibility of it affecting Montserrat, you will be in-
You should listen to radio stations such as ZJB, Family FM,
ABS or GEM for advisories issued by local officials. These are
given every six (6) hours or more frequently if the situation de-
These advisories will give information on the location, strength,
speed and movement of the storm. In addition, storms can be
tracked on the Weather Channel on Channel 2 of Cable TV
or on your personal computer using available weather services.
In some cases, the hurricane may be a few hundred miles away
and yet produce high winds and heavy rains. The hurricane
winds can affect the islands long before the hurricane itself
When a Tropical Storm Watch or Hurricane Watch is issued,
it means that a storm or hurricane is heading across the Atlantic
in the general direction of the Leeward Islands. It is possible
that the island can experience tropical storm or hurricane condi-
tions within 36 hours; therefore it is advisable to initiate your
family’s disaster plan, especially for those activities that require
extra time such as securing a boat.
The Storm may or may not affect Montserrat, but once the
warning has been issued, you should follow the track of the
storm on radio and television.

It is important that you tune in immediately to Radio
Montserrat if the sirens sound, as vital information
about the storm or hurricane will be transmitted.
When a Hurricane Watch is issued, it means that the hurricane is a
threat but there is no certainty that it will hit the island. You must
start preparing necessary supplies and securing your home. At this
time, you should also:

      Fill your car with petrol and check your battery, water and
      Check your flashlights, candles and lamps (have spare bat-
       teries, bulbs and matches).
      Listen to your Radio and TV constantly for weather reports.
      Locate your containers for storing drinking water and label
      Pack a survival kit.
      Make sure you have an adequate supply of any prescription
       medication you may be using.
      Organise your family. Ensure everyone knows the plan.
      Secure canned and non-perishable food.
      Make arrangements to have your pets cared for. If you plan
       to evacuate.

           Prepared individuals ensure prepared households
          Prepared households lead to prepared communities
         Prepared communities contribute to a prepared island

When a Hurricane  Warning is issued, it means that hurricane conditions
could affect the island WITHIN 24 HOURS. These conditions include
winds of at least 74 miles per hour, flood rains and storm surges.
For this reason, you must be prepared to take action. Be ready to evac-
uate at anytime after the warning is given, even if the weather seems
fine. The sirens will sound “SHELTERS ARE OPEN”. In addition
there will be radio announcements and Cable TV messages to confirm
the opening times for the shelters. You should:
      Clear your yard of loose objects, such as garbage cans etc.
      Make sure your cooking gas bottles are secured. Close off the stop valves.
      Secure your boat if you own one.
      Fasten windows and use masking tape where necessary to tape glass win-
       dows. Take down awnings and secure the rest of your home.
      Remove all pictures, painting, clocks and other hanging objects from the
      If time permits, take down your satellite dish and TV antenna, as well as any
       radio antennas and solar panels.
      Pack supplies to take to a shelter if your home is not hurricane resistant.

      Assemble supplies you will need to stay home if you are riding out the storm
      Listen for official warnings and advice on radio.
      Fill water containers with water as water supplies will be disrupted.
      Remember to take into account the time at which the WARNING is issued.
       Remember to subtract the hours of darkness when calculating your prepara-
       tion time.
      Store all valuable equipment such as tools, office equipment and appliances
       in a safe room.
      Wrap all documents and important papers in plastic and store them above
       ground level.
      Turn off the electricity at the main switch when told to do so and only switch
       back on, when advised it is safe to do so.
      Make sure that all your windows and doors are securely fastened.
      When you have completed all your precautions, offer assistance to neigh-
       bours especially the elderly and those with young children.
If you live in a good strong house that is located in a safe
area, stay there during the hurricane. Here are other tips to

      Stay indoors and keep away from glass windows. Do not
       go outside.
      Remain where you are until the hurricane has passed.
       People have lost their lives trying to go from one place to
      Listen to your radio for information on what’s happen-
      Be calm, your ability to act rationally is important.

      Do not go outside during the passage of the “eye”. If the
       “eye” of the hurricane passes over Montserrat, there will
       be a calm period or lull lasting from several minutes to
       over half an hour. Wind and rain may stop completely
       but wind returns rapidly to hurricane force from the op-
       posite direction. Wait for official word that it is safe for
       you to leave your home and the “All Clear” has been
       sounded on the sirens and radio.
      If the house shows sign of breaking up, stay under the
       strongest part of the roof or under a table, in a clothes
       closet or in a secure cupboard.
      Avoid open flames such as candles and kerosene lamps

       Remember that the Belham valley is prone to flooding
       during periods of heavy rainfall
               AFTER THE HURRICANE

   Seek medical attention at first-aid stations, hospital or clinics
    for persons injured during the hurricane.
   Do not touch loose or dangling wires. Report these to MON-
    LEC, the nearest police station or police officer and the EOC.
   Report broken sewer or water mains to the Montserrat Water
   Do not overload the telephone lines with unnecessary calls.
   Do not empty water stored until safe drinking water is restored,
    and BOIL ALL DRINKING WATER until you are advised
    that a safe water supply has been restored.
   Water stored should not be immediately used for washing
    houses, cars, watering gardens, etc., until normal water services
    have been restored.
   Make sure that food stored in refrigerators, ice boxes, etc., has
    not spoiled before you eat it.
   Watch out for fallen trees. Collect branches and other debris
    and pile them where they can be easily collected. Do not burn
    them as fire could spread and water supply may be limited.
    sandals. Watch out for broken glass and nails.
   Avoid driving motor vehicles on debris filled streets as roads
    are likely to be dangerous.
   Be alert to prevent fires. Low water pressure makes fire
    fighting very difficult.
   Unless you are prepared to render emergency assistance, stay
    away from disaster areas where you may hamper first-aid assis-
    tance, rescue or relief work. Sight-seeing is hazardous.
   If you are a member of an organisation with disaster-related
    duties, a Civil Servant, other Government employee or utility
    worker, please report to duty as soon as possible after the hur-
    ricane as your services may be critical in assisting disaster vic-
    tims. Follow your organisation’s hurricane plan.
   Offer help to other members of your community who might
    have been affected.

        1. The sirens will sound “SHELTERS ARE OPEN NOW” when
           hurricane shelters are open and ready to receive persons.
        2. Hurricane shelters are for short stay only (48 hours), please walk
           with non-perishable food and water to last for this period.
        3. No pets are allowed in shelters.
        4. There should be no smoking or drinking of alcoholic beverages in

        5. Follow all other Shelter Rules and Instructions of the officials.

              Hurricane shelter listing
Area          Shelter
Salem             Salem Methodist Church Shiloh Pentecostal Church
                  Salem Police Station   Salem Catholic Church
                  Salem Anglican Church Montserrat Secondary School
                  Salem Primary School

St. Peter’s       St. Peter’s old School

Cudjoe Head       Cavalla Hill Methodist Church Education Centre
                  Cavalla Hill Methodist Church Koinakraft Centre
                  Brade’s Pentecostal Church Brade’s Primary School

St. John’s        Davy hill pilgrim Holiness Church Church of God of Prophecy
                  Emmanuel Apostolic Church         St. John’s Anglican Church
                  SDA Mongo Hill Shelter             Judy piece Methodist

Lookout           Lookout Primary School            Lookout Community Centre

     Important Information


           Radio Montserrat       95.5 FM          88.3 FM

           Family FM              89.9 FM

           GEM Radio              92.5 FM

           ABS (Antigua)          620 AM

           VON (Nevis)            895 AM


Fire Department                 911     Police headquarters

Casualty                    491-2802    St.John’s Hospital

DMCA(EOC)           491-7166    Montserrat Red cross            491-

MONLEC              491-3940            Montserrat Water Authority

  Disaster Management Coordination Agency, Yellow Hill Road, St. John’s

  Tel: (664) 491-7166      Fax: (664) 491-2465/7003 Email: