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Hurricane Preparedness

Throughout this Hurricane Preparedness  Guide, information has been provided regarding actions that you can take based on specific hurricane hazards. The most important thing that you can do is to be informed and prepared. Disaster prevention includes both being prepared as well as reducing damages.

GtB Hurricane Shelter in Hattieville Belize
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This page will be available before the next hurricane season in 2010.

Coastline and Cayes
Since 90 percent of hurricane casualties occur from drowning, you must evacuate islands and beaches and other vulnerable locations as early as possible.

Ambergris Caye, with a population of 20'000 peoples has non shelter. In the case of a hurrican there will be a evacuation. First the Tourist after the residents. We are able to evacuate every day 4000 people by boat and arround 1000 by Air.

If your home is not strong (concrete) or you are not living in the first / ground floor, its adviced in your own interest, to look early for a room to stay if you will not evacuate the Island. 

Hurricane Preparedness Topics

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Protect Your Home

Flood Waters
Pets and Animals
Disaster Supply Kit

Protect Your Home


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Disaster Supply Kit

For the Hurrican Supply planning we have two scenarios in our plan. In any case you need to prepare a Disaster Supply Kit to be able to evacuate immdeiately.

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Minor Event:
The Hurricane was a minor event, you could stay in your Home or you coming back from the Hurricane Shelter. Till the Roads are cleared and the groceries are opening again, you use your own supplies, stored in your pantry.

Mayor Event:
There is a lot of damage prediceted and you have to leave your home to a shelter or evacuate to save place. Then you take the Disaster Supply Kit with you.

The Disaster Supply Kit should contain:

  • Water, at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food,  at least enough for 3 to 7 days
    • non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices
    • foods for infants or the elderly
    • snack foods
    • non-electric can opener
    • cooking tools / fuel
    • paper plates / plastic utensils
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Cash (with some small bills) and Credit Cards - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods.
  • First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Important documents, in a waterproof container or watertight resealable plastic bag: Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
  • Keys
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Pet care items: Proper identification / immunization records / medications, ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage, muzzle and leash
  • Radio, battery-powered or hand crank radio, with extra batteries.
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plasticsheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Special Items - for babies and the elderly
  • Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and a traditional (not cordless) telephone set
  • Tool Set, Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities. Nail, Hammer, Duct Tape, Leatherman. Keep a set with you during the storm
  • Toys, Books and Games
  • Vehicle fuel tanks filled and spare Gas
  • Whistle to signal for help

Pets and Animals

Pet owners are responsible for disaster planning for their pet. If you plan to evacuate, plan for your pet as well. Take your pet Survival Kit if you go to friends, relatives or a hotel. Shelters cannot accept pets. So if you plan to go to a public shelter, make the required provisions for your pet/s.

GtB Helize Hurricane Preparedness. Protect your pet in case of a hurricane
After the storm has passed, be careful in allowing your pet outdoors. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet could easily be confused and become lost. Downed power lines, and animals and insects brought in with high water, could present real dangers to your pet. Take care not to allow your pet to consume food or water which may have become contaminated.

Pet Survival Kit
  1. Proper ID collar and rabies tag
  2. Carrier or cage
  3. Leash
  4. Food Supply
  5. Water/food bowl
  6. Medication, if necessary
  7. Specific care instructions



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