Dept Of Health Offers Hurricane Safety Tips

October 16, 2014

The Department of Health is reminding the public of key tips necessary to safely prepare for an emergency as Hurricane Gonzalo continues its approach.

A spokesperson said, “The Department of Health would like to remind the public of key preparedness tips for health and safety as Hurricane Gonzalo approaches.

“To ensure water supply safety, block your roof gutters with clean rags or other device to prevent any leaves, salt and other contamination from entering your water tank.

“Ensure that you have adequate drinking water – at least a 3-day supply [one gallon per person], and water for cooking, bathing and flushing toilets.

“After the hurricane, inspect your tank for debris, salt content and other contamination to determine if cleaning is necessary. Boil water before drinking to ensure it is potable [safe for drinking].”

“To ensure food safety, keep food cold; in the event of power outages, have coolers and non-perishable canned goods on hand. Do not open the fridge or freezer. If the power outage is prolonged, prepare a cooler with ice for your perishable food items.

“If in doubt, throw it out – to prevent food-borne illness, perishable foods in the refrigerator should not be above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours. If food in the freezer has ice crystals and is not above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you can refreeze.

“To ensure personal safety, have a plan. Discuss with your family the location of a strong room in your house as a “safe room,” emergency phone numbers [see below] and family contacts, particular the elderly, the appropriate tools to be kept nearby, including a First Aid Kit and hand sanitizer, the location of electrical/gas/water shut-offs and how and when to shut them off, and the safety of your pets.

“Listen to the Emergency Broadcast station on 100.1 MHz. Follow instructions if ordered to evacuate. Ensure that you and your family members have all required medications and health management supplies. Stay away from windows and doors.

“Stay indoors. The only time you should leave your home is if you have to evacuate; the Emergency Shelter is Cedarbridge School. After the hurricane passes, go outdoors with extreme caution as there may be dangers such as falling debris, loose power lines, and flooding.

“For further details on the topics mentioned, please consult the “Emergency Plan for the General Public.”

Emergency numbers:

  • Emergency Measures Organization [EMO] – 295-0011
  • Ambulance, Fire, Police – 911
  • Marine Rescue – 911
  • BELCO – 955
  • TELCO – 611
  • Works & Engineering – 295-5151
  • Bermuda Harbour Radio – 297-1010

For all our coverage of Tropical Storm Fay click here, for all our coverage of Hurricane Gonzalo click here, and for our live blog covering both Gonzalo and Fay click here.

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  1. Meesterjeem says:

    Fare well, my Bermuda friends. My 4 years there were wonderful and hope the island recovers quickly, as always. Stay Safe – Your Canadian friends.

  2. “Dude!”…….. but……if there is love…by alllllll means…procreate…and name the child speedy gonzales…or poncho villa…

  3. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL DURING THE HURRICANE STAY IN CONTROL.
    HURRICANE PARTIES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED
    KEEP CALM
    STAY STRONG
    DO NOT PANIC
    SET A GOOD EXAMPLE TO YOUR CHILDREN
    WAIT IT OUT
    THINK
    WHAT IF !

  4. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    YOUR VEHICLE IS THE WORLDS BIGGEST FLASH LIGHT >>>>>>>>>

    Run the engine to keep battery charging. QQQQQQQQQQ
    Position Vehicle in open safe location. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Turn on high beam. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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