ODM Reminder: Be Prepared! Time to Check/Restock Your Disaster Supply Kit

The Colorado State University (CSU) Department of Atmospheric Science in its latest updated forecast released on Thursday, said we should see over the next two weeks above-normal levels of storm/hurricane activity, adding that the National Hurricane Center is monitoring three areas for tropical cyclone development over the next seven days.
The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) which falls under the Fire Department (Ministry of General Affairs) and Fire
Chief/Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson, is reminding all residents and businesses to plan ahead and let’s ‘Be
Prepared’ as the country moves into the peak weeks of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.

ODM calls on residents to review the content of their Disaster Kit and to start restocking it with the essentials that
are necessary.
Every household’s Disaster Kit should be able to support members of the household for a minimum of seven days
after the hurricane has passed.
The Disaster Kit should contain non-perishable food, water and medicine (fill prescriptions before the storm); non-
electric can opener; first-aid kit; extra cash (ATM machines and credit cards won’t work if there is no electricity); a
battery powered radio and flashlights as well as extra batteries; make sure cell phones are all charged prior to the
arrival of the hurricane; fill up your car/truck with gas; check if your home and automobile insurance are up to date; put
ID cards, passports and driver’s license, insurance papers in a waterproof bag along with other important documents.
If you are a parent with an infant or young child (ren), you also need to have essential items as part of your disaster
supply kit: baby formula; diapers; bottles; powdered milk; medications; moist towels; and diaper rash ointment.
Your Disaster Kit must also include hand sanitizer, a soap bar or liquid soap; two cloth face coverings for each person;
disinfecting wipes, or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces.
Now is the time to trim back tree branches from your home; cut all dead or weak branches on any trees on your
property; clean-up your yard and put away items that could blow away during the passing of a hurricane; check your

roof and storm shutters to make sure they are secure, and the latter are working.
For those whose homes are not yet storm/hurricane ready, you should make alternative housing arrangements to stay
with family or friends.
The Sint Maarten community is urged to learn more about hurricane hazards and resources you need on how to
prepare your family, home, or business for a storm/hurricane strike by visiting the Government website:
www.sintmaartengov.org/hurricane where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and
“Hurricane Tracking Chart.” The information here is also valuable for new residents.