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Vox Pop - Do you take the hurricane season seriously?

Published:Saturday | June 7, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Althea Lanville
Andrea Mathias
Andre Reid
Corey Morris
Shanell Morris
Tony Brown
Charmaine Douglas

The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season began last week and some Jamaicans have already started their preparations.

The season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, is usually marked by heavy rains and strong winds. Many Jamaicans are still recovering from the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 which caused more than $9.7 billion in damages.

The Gleaner sought reactions from members of the public about their readiness for the 2014 season:

QUESTION - Do you take the hurricane season seriously?

QUESTION - What does it mean to you that the hurricane season is here?

  • Andrea Mathias

Yes and no. I always wait until the last minute because sometimes you make the preparations and it doesn't come. Plus, I don't have the money.

  • Charmaine Douglas

Yes. It can do so much damage that I have to prepare for it. I buy non-perishable items and I batten down when the season begins.

  • Andre Reid

No, I don't because I don't think it affects me much. If it does, it's usually in a minor way.

  • Corey Morris

Not necessarily. I have other things thinking about. I didn't even remember it was hurricane season.

  • Althea Lanville

I don't prepare for it because I use to prepare and it don't come. If it come a suh, if it don't a suh.

  • Shanell Morris

Yes. Because a lot of accidents can happen when the season begins so you have to take it seriously and prepare for it.

  • Tony Brown

Yes, I cut down the trees in the yard and make sure the roof is secure. I always have flour, rice, tin food, kerosene oil and candle.