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Hurricane Season 2016 -- Be Prepared!

St. Croix Hurricane Season 2016 -- Be Prepared!Part 2 in an East End Marine Park Series
by Hillary Lohmann, Friends of the East End Marine Park.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1 to November 30. Meteorologists predict an average-to-above-average cycle of storms this year. That means roughly 12-14 named storms, half of which are predicted to become hurricanes.

Experts are watching closely to see if this past year's record-breaking El Niño weather pattern will continue its global migration into the Atlantic or instead shift into a La Niña event. The unforeseeable answer to this question is quite important--El Niño conditions suppress storm conditions in the Atlantic, whereas La Niña conditions trigger enhanced storm activity in the Atlantic.

To prepare yourself, your family and your property for hurricane season, it's best to plan for two types of emergency responses -- timely evacuation and remaining in your home.

Plan an evacuation route. Evacuation decisions should be made based on storm surge conditions, not wind conditions.

Keep at least a three-day supply of food and water. Stow one gallon of water per day per person and food that won't spoil.

Prepare a kit to include a manual can opener, fire extinguisher, battery-operated radio, flashlight, batteries, and cash.

Keep an accessible stash of blankets, pillows, clothing, toiletries, and pet care.
Store important documents in a fire and waterproof container like medical records, birth certificates, social security cards, wills, insurance papers, bank details, mortgages, etc.
Bolster your property's hurricane resistance.

  • Inspect the vegetation and foliage surrounding your home; remove overhanging or dead tree limbs.
  • Keep your gutters clean and clear to allow heavy water flow.
  • In the event of a storm, pick up or secure things outside that can blow around (chairs, tables, tools, etc.).
  • If you have a boat, invest in new lines! In anticipation of serious weather, double up on your lines and lay a second anchor to better secure your vessel.

Hurricane season 2016 is upon us. No one can foretell a natural disaster, so stay informed, alert, and prepared.

East End Marine Park
Tel. 340-718-3367

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