FEMA urges taking precautions
SAN JUAN – The interim commissioner of Puerto Rico’s Emergency Management and Disaster Administration Bureau (NMEAD), Nino Correa Filomeno, urged residents to prepare and monitor tropical wave Invest 92 L as the hurricane season ramps up.
“Although it is very premature to anticipate the intensity and trajectory of this system, we must remember that Puerto Rico is on the path of storms and hurricanes. We are in constant communication with the personnel of the National Weather Service, as well as with Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced and the first response agencies, to discuss the decisions to be made. We must remember that annually we are vulnerable to an atmospheric phenomenon affecting us. Family preparation is essential for the safety of our loved ones in times of emergency. In this hurricane season it is important to take the necessary measures to temper the Family Emergency Plan to the COVID-19 situation, ”said the official.
Correa said people must prepare for a minimum of 10 days with supplies, medicines and other essential items.
“The response agencies have carried out the necessary planning to prepare Puerto Rico and offer an agile, effective and coordinated response in the event of an emergency or disaster. It is important to remember that each citizen must have their individual and family preparation, considering the food and medical needs of each person who makes up their household, as well as the requirements of the structure where they reside, ”the official stressed.  Correa recommended that each household prepare a basic supplies kit. These items should be kept in plastic boxes or containers that prevent them from being damaged by water, and should contain the following:
• 1 gallon of water per person per day for 10 days
• Non-perishable food for at least 10 days per person
• 60% -95% alcohol-based hand sanitizer
• Prescription and over-the-counter medications
• Cash ($ 1, $ 5, $ 10 and $ 20 bills)
• Flashlights or battery and solar lamps
• Battery or dynamo (crank) radio
• Candles, matches or lighters (out of the reach of children)
• Charger and external battery for cellphone
• Copies of important documents (printed and digitally stored on external memory devices)
• First aid kit
• Hygiene and personal care items
• Basic tools
• Board games or entertainment that does not require electricity for children
• Pet food, water and medicine
• Pet kennel
“We are approaching the busiest part of the hurricane season and it is time to prepare. Check drains in your residence, check doors and windows that need to be reinforced, prune the trees inside your property, establish a communication plan and meet with your family, attend to any vulnerable situation that may become a risk to your home and family. It is vital that you review your family preparation plan with each member of your household and that the little ones understand the importance of preparing. We urge you to stay informed through official sources and ignore rumors or people who use digital platforms to misinform, ”the official said.
Correa stressed that were an electric power generator needed, a licensed electrician should perform the installation and ensure proper maintenance .
In a press release, FEMA reminds people that tropical weather has the capacity to cause significant infrastructure damage to power, water and road systems. Residents in any areas that may be affected by these storms should pay attention to local officials and follow their instructions
“FEMA also reminds everyone to please follow COVID-19 safety measures and local public health guidance. Check on neighbors and family members who may need help finalizing preparations. The actions you take now can save lives and reduce damage, ”the release reads.
Visit Ready.gov for additional information on steps you can take now before a storm occurs. Earlier this year, the Ready Campaign released new videos and graphics about being prepared for various disasters during the coronavirus. Those items are available in English and Spanish.
Download the FEMA App (English and Spanish) for more preparedness tips, shelter information and weather alerts. Some tips include:
- When the power goes out due to the storm, expect it to be out for many days.
- Residents are encouraged to have supplies for up to several days, including: prescription medication, items to care for infants and toddlers, pet supplies, water and non-perishable food.
- Individuals should refresh their emergency supply kits with non-perishable food and water, prescriptions, flashlights and portable radios, extra batteries and other items.
- Residents, tourists and visitors in the path of a tropical storm must heed all emergency guidance provided by local officials.
- People living in coastal and low-lying areas (including those protected by levee systems) should expect to evacuate to safer ground when ordered.
- Have your evacuation plan ready, and if ordered by local officials, EVACUATE!