Though hurricane season officially starts on June 1, we start to see more activity in the Virgin Islands right about now.
5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Hurricane
- Stock your home with provisions, especially water, non-perishable food, and important medications. Drinking water is important, but keep in mind that if power is out, you may also want water for household tasks, like cleaning and flushing the toilet!
- Check your inventory of flashlights, batteries, candles, and matches. Rooms become very dark once those hurricane shutters are up!
- Store any outdoor items that aren’t attached to the ground. This includes potted plants, patio furniture, pool accessories, grills, etc.
- Fuel your generator and your vehicle. Restoring power to homes across the island can be a slow process.
- Check your gutters, downspouts and cistern overflow to make sure everything is flowing properly. Trim brush that could blow into your home.
Thank you to GoToStCroix.com for sharing this useful guide from NOAA and the National Weather Center.
If you’re new to island, my best advice is to watch others around you. If a local or seasoned St. Croix resident starts prepping their home, follow their lead. You’ll hear folks start to talk about a storm about a week before it’s due in the Caribbean. Day-by-day you’ll get a better sense of its path.
Interesting Facts About Hurricane Names
As I was considering this blog post, I came across some interesting facts about hurricane names on geology.com, for instance:
- For each year there is an alphabetical list of 21 names. Q, U, X, Y and Z are omitted.
- The names alternate between men’s and women’s names.
- Names can be repeated after six years.
- Names of especially severe storms are permanently retired from use. Hugo was retired in 1989.
- In the early days of naming hurricanes, people living in the Caribbean Islands named storms after the saint of the day from the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar for the day on which the hurricane occurred such as “Hurricane San Felipe.”
- Here’s the line-up for the next six years:
|Names used for Atlantic Tropical Storms|