Important information about hurricanes
Given the possible arrival of any hurricane on Dominican coasts, please take the following precautionary measures:
Before the hurricane
- Pay attention to the official bulletins transmitted by radio, television and written press.
- Prepare a first aid kit with non-perishable food, radio, flashlight, personal documents and medicines.
- Cut branches from trees that could fall off and cause damage.
- Secure doors and windows with additional iron supports that withstand strong winds.
- Secure glass windows with tape, special adhesive paper or plywood to prevent someone from being injured.
- Analyze the probabilities of having to evacuate the home.
- Secure all objects that are not fixed to the floor, such as furniture, appliances, decorative objects, grills, etc.
During the hurricane:
- Keep calm and reassure your family members. An anxious person can make many mistakes.
- Keep gas, light and water disconnected until there is no leakage or danger of a short circuit.
- Avoid being near doors and windows, where there are glass or open spaces.
- Have a potable water supply, first aid kit, flashlight and radio on hand to receive information and instructions from official sources.
- Do not light candles; use battery flashlights.
- If the wind opens a door or window, do not advance towards it frontally.
- Do not go out until authorities inform that the hazard has ended.
After the hurricane:
- Check the house carefully and make sure there is no danger.
- Make sure electrical appliances are dry before connecting them.
- Use the phone only to report emergencies to 9-1-1.
- Remove stagnant water to prevent mosquito pests.
- Houses located in front of the sea must keep the security measures for 48 hours.
Important: Prevention begins with us, our family and the community.