About Storm Shelters Survival
Hurricanes and tropical storms are known for their immense power and ability to cause damage to our homes. If you live in an area where hurricane impact is customary, you should be aware of the nearest shelter as well as the safest route to get to that shelter in the event of emergency. Even before it reaches an emergency situation, shelters are normally open. Once there is a hurricane warning, many shelters are opened and for good reasons. Officials don't want you travelling to a safe place during the passing of the dangerous hurricane or storm. The Government of Jamaica, through the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), has designated several public facilities such as schools and community centres to act as places of shelters. Useful Tips In case you have to use one, here are some things you should know about hurricane shelters. - A hurricane shelter will not be a comfortable home away from home. It is usually a solidly constructed building that provides a large and safe area from the impacting storm. - Shelters tend to lack many comforts such as comfortable bedding and pillows. Consider bringing your own. - Locations can change from year to year - keep informed through television, radio and your local ODPEM office. - Be prepared to live with strangers in close quarters for the duration of the storm. Leave your valuables in a safe place at home or in a bag that is always on your person.
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