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Hurricane Season

The Hurricane Season officially runs from June 1 to November 30 and is the period of the year when hurricanes usually forms in the Atlantic Ocean.

Planning for Hurricanes requires considering all likely scenarios that could result when things that you rely on daily-like electricity, water, heat, air conditioning, telephone service and transportation are disrupted or lost for a considerable amount of time.

Therefore, you should plan on having food, water and other essentials to get you through the emergency. Most emergency management planners suggest having enough supplies for three to five days for weather-related events. However, many things may impact your decision, including storage space, special needs, and number of people in the household and available resources. 

Every year Saint Vincent and the Grenadines faces the risk of hurricanes hitting our shores which have the potential to cause catastrophic damage as we have seen over the years from hurricanes such as Ivan in 2004 and Thomas in 2010 . Hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.

Being properly prepared and knowing what to do in the event of a hurricane can make all the difference.