Eleven hurricane shelters for 2011 hurricane season

POSTED: 07/28/11 12:19 PM

St. Maarten – The Department of Disaster Management has released the listing of hurricane shelters for the 2011 Hurricane Season. The buildings on the list serve as temporary shelter in the event of a hurricane strike. They will be manned by law enforcement/military officials who will guarantee order.

The eleven shelters are: Leonard Conner School (for the Cay Bay & Cole Bay districts), Christian Fellowship Church (for the Cay Bay & Cole Bay districts), Salvation Army Building (for the Cay Bay & Cole Bay districts), Milton Peters College (for the St. Peters, Ebenezer & South Reward districts), Rupert Maynard Youth Center (for the St. Peters, Ebenezer & South Reward districts), Sister Marie Laurence School (for the Middle Region & Defiance districts), New Testament Baptist Church (for the Philipsburg & Pointe Blanche districts), Allan C. Halley Community Center (for the Simpson Bay & Beacon Hill districts), Marie Genevieve de Weever School (for the Hope Estate & Sucker Garden districts), Epheses SDA Church (for the Belvedere & Dutch Quarter districts) and St. Maarten Academy – Cupper Drive – Cul-de-Sac (for the St. Peters, St. Johns & Cul-de-Sac districts).

Shelters will be opened hours before a hurricane strike. This notification will be issued via the radio, online internet websites and the print-media. Persons who feel that they won’t be safe in their homes should prepare to stay with a friend, at another secure location or to a shelter. Prior to leaving home people should ensure everything is secure and they have all the essentials like enough water and food for up to three days, a first aid kit and prescription medications have been packed. People with a baby should pack enough diapers, formula and bottles to last at least three days. It is also advisable that people take playing cards, games and toys to keep children, and themself, occupied. People should also take clean clothes and bedding (pillow, sheets), a can opener; a few cans of non-perishable food; special items for elderly or disabled family members; battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries; cash/credit cards; passport and other important papers (insurance papers).

Alcoholic beverages and weapons are not allowed in shelters. Smoking is also not allowed. There is no need to bring cooking equipment or furniture to a shelter as there is no room.

Shelters do not accept pets, so people should make arrangements beforehand to have untied pets secured in a room at home, with sufficient water, and food for at least three days. Do not leave dogs and cats in the same room.

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