Hurricane Season in Grenada commences 1st June and ends 30th November.
To help ensure your and your family’s safety before, during and after a hurricane please see the correct measures that must be taken below:
Before a Hurricane:
- Continuously listen to news and weather reports ONLY from official sources.
- Ensure that you have all the items on your preparation checklist (see list provided).
- Check to be certain that your emergency equipment is in good working order.
- Have enough supplies to last at least two weeks.
- Secure your electronics, important documents, books, photos in sealed bags or containers that will prevent them from getting wet or destroyed.
- Obtain and store materials to protect your home.
- Store all garden implements and furniture inside if possible.
- Use storm shutters or board up your windows securely.
- Review your insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage.
- Evacuate to a safer location if necessary (shut off, water, gas and electricity before leaving your home).
- Have an evacuation plan.
- Make sure you have enough fuel in your vehicle (Fill up if possible).
- Pick fruits and cut or trim trees if near your house.
- If you have any outdoor pets or animals, relocate them inside your home or a building (if possible) or transport them to a safe location.
- Release large animals such as cattle, horses, mules etc. in an open field area. DO NOT tie them as this increases the chances of injury.
- Remain calm and provide assurance to children and elderly.
- If the house shows signs of breaking up, stay under a table or stand in a sturdy closet.
- Where there are heavy lighting flashes, avoid getting into contact with metal objects. Stay out of the shower or bath during ALL storms.
- Avoid going outdoors until the ‘all clear’ is given.
After a Hurricane:
- Continue listening to the radio for updates from local news organizations.
- Clean all wounds properly to prevent them from becoming infected.
- Seek medical attention for injured persons.
- Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. DO NOT enter the building if there appears to be serious structural damage.
- Only use clean sterilized water for drinking and preparing food.
- Assist in community response efforts and search and rescue.
- Assist in community cleanup.
- Report damage to utilities.
- Watch out for secondary hazards such as fire, flooding etc.
- Avoid getting into contact with power lines lying on the ground.
- Report to the Grenada Electricity Services (GRENLEC) all damaged or broken poles/wires etc. which may be seen in your area.
- Avoid driving as roads may be blocked. Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.