Each year we are urged to prepare adequately for disasters; hurricanes, storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. How often do we consider these warnings? Do we plan adequately for our family? This week, we would like to introduce you to the Family Emergency Plan; a mechanism detailing the actions to be taken by the family in the event of a disaster. This plan will examine the evacuation procedures, the emergency plan for pets and other details pertinent to housing and security. These details are often included in such a plan. If you already possess a plan, it would be ideal to revise it during a family meeting.
FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN CHECKLIST
- Hold a family meeting about emergencies and decide what to do in case of fire, severe weather or a hazardous chemical spill.
- Determine escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room.
- Teach children how and when to dial 9-1-1.
- Post emergency numbers near your telephones.
- Identify a relative or friend whom all family members can call if they are not together during an emergency.
- Ensure that mobile phones and devices are charged.
- Establish a meeting place away from your home where you can go if the area in which you live has been evacuated.
- Make sure the adults in your family know how to turn off water, gas and electricity at main switches.
- Put family records in a safe deposit box or fireproof, waterproof safe.
- Have a plan for your pets during an emergency.
- Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
- Teach responsible family members how to use your fire extinguisher (if any).
- Practice fire drills and emergency evacuations.
- Arrange a family meeting to ensure that your plan is in place. Preparedness is key!
Adapted from the North Dakota Department of Health
COVID-19 has forced changes and inspired creativity in many spheres. The island neighbours are no different. Over, in the nature isle, the Division of Culture of the Commonwealth of Dominica has been hosting free Virtual Craft Classes. Additionally, the division will be hosting free Virtual Traditional Drumming Classes from June 12th 2020 at 4:30pm through the Facebook page: Division of culture Dominica.
Hurricane preparation should be the number one factor before one selects that special plot of land where a home will be built. It is strongly advised that homes be constructed with at least one room fashioned to withstand hurricane force winds. In Guadeloupe, several houses seem to have an inbuilt roof. Some islanders, aware of the island’s disaster devastation history, built their external walls unusually higher exceeding the roofs. If you are in Guadeloupe, take some photos of these structures for your travel journal. Compare them with what you’ve seen in the other island neighbours.
Historical note! On 17th September 1989, Hurricane Hugo ravaged through Guadeloupe and destroyed approximately 10,000 homes leaving over 35000 persons homeless. Get to know your neighbours!
A bit of the French for the Visitor
Les coups de feu
The strong winds blew the tree down
Un coup de vent a fait tomber l’arbre
The storm caused flooding
Il y’avait d’inondation à cause des orages
There is a bomb alert
Il y’a une alerte á la bombe