CC-by Johan Emillsson

Hurricane Matthew was a category five Atlantic storm, which caused the deaths of an estimated 1,600 people. For others, there was serious property damage, floods, high winds and power outages. The storm hit landfall on October 2nd, 2016.

For travelers, that weren’t immediately affected by the storm there was flight

cancellations, major public transport disruptions, and traffic delays due to flash floods.

Safeture sent alerts to all users in Hati, Bahamas, Cuba, and the east coast of the

United States. Multiple warnings were sent prior to the storm making landfall, and advice was provided. Safeture sends advice on how to prepare and what to do during a hurricane, as many travelers may not be prepared for hurricane emergency procedures.

Our advice to travelers:

Know the Difference

  • Hurricanes/Typhoon/Tropical Storm Watch– Conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your storm plans. Get ready to act if a warning is issued, and stay informed
  • Hurricanes/Typhoon/Tropical Storm Warning– Conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities

If a tropical storm/hurricane/typhoon is likely in your area, you should:    

  • Monitor news sources and this safety service for information
  • Close storm shutters/windows and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

  • If you are directed by local authorities or advised by this safety service to do so. Be sure to follow the instructions of local authorities.

If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors
  • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Avoid elevators.

After a tropical storm/hurricane you should:

  • Continue monitoring Weather news, local news and this security information service for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls

Lauren McIntosh
GWS Communications Manager

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