Department of Public Health: What to do during and after a hurricane has passed (edition 3)

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(Oranjestad)—Those who follow the recommendations given by the Department of Public Health in collaboration with the Disaster Management Bureau regarding hurricane preparedness step by step can ensure they are better prepared than those who haven’t prepared.

As a hurricane approaches closer, we will hear, see, listen, and feel its effects more and more. During the passage of a hurricane, it is important to:

• Stay inside the designated space for sheltering during the hurricane.

• Listen and follow official instructions from the Disaster Management Bureau or the government for news and updates.

• In case it becomes necessary to evacuate your home for safety reasons, do so together with your family to a location as close as possible, such as a neighbor’s house or a nearby family member’s residence.

• Remember to bring the emergency kit with you wherever your family goes.

Immediately after the hurricane:

• Stay informed by following information provided by relevant authorities.

• Avoid unnecessary travel and driving on the roads, especially in areas with flooded roads or buildings.

• Provide first aid to those in need.

• Be cautious when inspecting your home and check for gas leaks, water meter damage, or broken power lines. Close or disconnect them if possible.

• First, ensure the safety of yourself and your family, and then assist those nearby who require help. In case of EMERGENCY, call 911 or 100.

The following days after the hurricane:

After the passage of a hurricane, the restoration process begins, not only in terms of material property but also emotional restoration. For many, experiencing a hurricane can be a traumatic or sad event, which is why it is important to listen to others and provide a shoulder to cry on and support when needed.

When it comes to property and home restoration, be careful when cleaning inside and outside of the house. Dispose of any food that may pose a health hazard to yourself and your family, such as food that has been soaked in floodwater or has been defrosted. Also, remove any broken and dangerous materials from your surroundings, such as glass or debris.

The days following a hurricane can be difficult, filled with anxiety and uncertainty. The best advice is to seek shelter, comfort, and support from close family members.

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