St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Households in St. Kitts and Nevis are being encouraged to implement evacuation plans and other safety measures in response to the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season which began on June 01.
People are also encouraged to get emergency food (non-perishable items) and clean drinking water, medication, and batteries.
Fire Sub Station Officer Timothy Martin shared some safety tips people should consider during the passage of a storm.
“Even though candles are there to be used, we encourage persons not to use candles because of the winds, you run the risk of the candle tipping over and starting a fire but we encourage persons to have battery-operated flashlights and have these well-charged. In addition to that, have your phone and any electronic device fully charged so that in the event you have to make an emergency call your phone is fully juiced.”
Fire Sub Station Officer Martin was a guest on “Fire Proof” a fire prevention and awareness programme on WINN FM sponsored by the St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services.
“Make sure the generators are filled with fuel so that it can run throughout the storm and have an additional container with fuel on standby to replenish,” he said, adding that “you do not want to keep a generator inside. The generator gives off carbon monoxide and if you have that circulating in your house, you may die.”
People are encouraged to have emergency contact information. The numbers are 465-2515 for St. Kitts and Nevis Fire and Rescue Services, 465-2551 for the JNF General Hospital or 911 for police,