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Five things you should do to prepare for effects of Hurricane Irma

Published:Tuesday | September 5, 2017 | 12:00 AM
The forecast track for Hurricane Irma

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management says by Friday into Saturday, Jamaica should begin feeling the effects of the very powerful Hurricane Irma which is forecast to pass north of the island.

The minister with responsibility for disaster risk management, Desmond McKenzie, was this morning briefed by the director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson and the Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, Major Clive Davis.

Here are five things you should do as you prepare for the storm:

1. Check to ensure that the galvanised or zinc sheeting on the roof of your house is properly fastened, check hurricane shutters, hooks, latches and repair where necessary.
2. Keep in stock extra plastic bags and sheets of plastic to prevent important documents, paintings, equipment and furniture from getting wet.
3. Trim trees that touch power lines or hang over the house and other buildings.
4. Make sure that emergency cooking facilities such as coal stoves are in good working condition, and that you have emergency supplies including water boots, raincoats, flashlights, batteries,
portable radio, kerosene lamps, matches and the necessary medical supplies.
5. Store extra food, especially those which can be eaten without cooking or which need very little preparation.

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