Cyclonic period: "Anticipate, don't be surprised"

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This last issue of the season is an opportunity to summarize the instructions to follow in the event of a cyclone. The president of the Community Aline Hanson invites the population to keep informed of the meteorological evolution.

In this hurricane period, Ms. Hanson recalled during the national holiday the importance of respecting the cleanliness of the island. Indeed, the waste left on the public highway can cause accidents. “Cyclone Gonzalo had caused a lot of damage linked to this negligence, and the Collectivity drew lessons from it allowing everyone to adopt a more responsible attitude. Anticipate, do not be surprised, and follow the safety instructions when triggering the pre-alert phase and the passage of the cyclone. It is essential, and adopting these reflexes can save lives ”, mentioned the president. Our territory is well prepared for the risk of hurricanes.

This month, the prefecture organized a civil security exercise to improve the provisions of the ORSEC plan. The prefect Anne Laubies has also declared that she wishes this exercise to take place more frequently in Saint-Martin.

>> Instructions for approaching a cyclone

YELLOW LEVEL / 72h to 48h before the cyclone

- remain vigilant, keep informed of the evolution of the phenomenon;

- check food and material reserves.

ORANGE LEVEL / 36h to 24h before the cyclone

- listen to weather reports;

- prepare and consolidate your home;

- dismantle the television and radio antennas;

- protect watercraft;

- store food and equipment.

RED LEVEL / 12h to 6h before the cyclone

- stay tuned to the weather forecast;

- reach your home or shelter;

- avoid all movements;

- bring in the animals.

PURPLE LEVEL / during the cyclone

- stay tuned to weather conditions;

- respect the instructions of the authorities;

- stay safe;

- keep away from bay windows;

- driving ban;

- cut the electric current from the network;

- do not use open flame fire.

GRAY LEVEL / after the cyclone

- Keep informed of the weather situation;

- be careful when leaving;

- do not interfere with the rescue teams;

- avoid unnecessary travel;

- do not encumber the telephone network except in emergencies.

>> Prepare your emergency kit well

Living independently for a few days could become a reality. It is therefore important to prepare an emergency kit. The government website for the prevention of major risks has drawn up a list of essential items. There she is :

- water: six liters per person in small bottles;

- basic tool: multifunction pocket knife, can opener, etc. ;

- emergency food: energy bars, canned food, etc. ;

- flashlight: with spare batteries;

- candles: with matches or lighter;

- radio: with battery or batteries;

- first aid medical kit;

- a duplicate of house keys, car, identity papers, a cell phone with charged battery, cash, and a credit card.

>> List of shelters 2015

As soon as a red alert is announced, you must reach your home or the nearest shelter.

• sector n ° 1 - Sandy Ground - Terres-Basses

Sandy Ground Primary School: 06 90 88 85 01

• sector n ° 2 - Marigot - Saint-James

Emile Choisy School: 06 90 88 84 05

- sector n ° 3 - Concordia - Spring

Hervé Williams School 2: 06 90 88 83 67

• sector n ° 4 - Hameau-du-Pont - Approval

Church of the Assembly of God: 06 90 88 84 55

• sector n ° 5 - Cripple Gate - Friar's Bay - Colombier

Colombier Methodist Church: 06 90 88 83 96

sector n ° 6 - Rambaud - Saint-Louis - Morne O'Reilley

Adventist Church: 06 90 88 85 87

• sector n ° 7 - La Savane - Grand-Case

Catholic Church of Grand-Case: 06 90 88 83 91

• sector n ° 8 - Cul-de-Sac

Cul-de-Sac Elementary School: 06 90 88 84 96

• sector n ° 9 - Orleans district - Oyster Pond

Primary school Orléans 2: 06 90 88 83 68

Find all the instructions in detail on the Collectivity website: www.com-saint-martin.fr, and the prefecture:

www.saint-barth-saint-martin.pref.gouv.fr. The weather conditions are to be followed on the Météo France Antilles-Guyane website: www.meteo.gp.

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