Puerto Rico hurricane warning, storm watch websites. Get ready. Be prepared.

Puerto Rico hurricane watch, warning resources:

www.weather.gov/sju

www.weather.gov/srh/tropical?office=sjujuu
Click the second tab, “Active Storms,” on the above link.

www.nhc.noaa.gov

www.accuweather.com/en/pr/puerto-rico-weather

www.wunderground.com

twitter.com/weatherchannel

www.temporadadehuracanes.pr.gov   Temporary Hurricane Shelter Locator

Puerto Rico, which is in the Atlantic Ocean, has a hurricane season which runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. Historically, most storms that hit Puerto Rico hard, occurred in September.

September 6, 2017 Hurricane Irma
September 21, 1998 Hurricane George, Category 3. 96% of the electrical system was lost for 1.3 million people. Water and sewer service was lost for 75% of the island’s population.
September 26, 1932 Hurricane San Ciprian
September 13, 1928 Hurricane San Felipe II

Some preparation ideas for stocking up, to undertake long before the storm hits:

FOOD AND WATER:
WATER:
Bottled-water, fill your empty milk jugs or other containers with water in case the public water supply goes out.  Have AT LEAST 3 days of water, which is 1 gallon per person per day, and at least 3 days of non-perishable food available for each person.

FOOD:
Canned food such as canned fruit with manual can opener, nuts, crackers, oatmeal, granola bars, dry cereal, dried fruit. Food that does not require cooking or elaborate preparation is best.

MONEY AND IDENTIFICATION
Cash money in case electricity disables ATM’s and banks are closed, credit cards, checks
Picture ID, insurance papers, important documents

SANITATION, HEALTH, PERSONAL PROTECTION:
Wet wipes, napkins or paper towels, toilet paper
Disinfectants for cleaning face and hands, soap, hand sanitizer, bleach
Plastic garbage bags
Mosquito/insect repellent, sunscreen
Medications, vitamins
First Aid Kit including latex gloves; sterile dressings; soap/cleaning agent; antibiotic ointment; burn ointment; adhesive bandages in small, medium and large sizes; eye wash; a thermometer; aspirin/pain reliever; anti-diarrhea tablets; antacids; laxatives; small scissors; tweezers; petroleum jelly.

CLOTHING, BEDDING, PERSONAL WEAR:
Blankets
Rain gear
Eyeglasses
Sunglasses
Sunhat
Clothes.  Wash the clothes that are in your laundry basket if it’s full, BEFORE the storm arrives, in case the electricity goes out, so you have a full stock of clean clothes.

SUPPLIES:
Duct tape
Scissors and knife
Fire extinguisher
Gloves
Batteries, candles, matches and lighters for lighting in case the power goes out.  Battery powered lighting, flashlights, lanterns.

COMMUNICATIONS:
Cellphones and chargers.  Charge your cellphones and rechargeable batteries BEFORE the storm arrives, in case the power goes out.
Battery-powered radio, preferably a weather radio.

TRANSPORTATION:
Ensure your vehicle has sufficient gas in the tank. Consider filling your empty gas cans.

Some other preparedness websites:

https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists

http://modernsurvivalblog.com/weather-preparedness/a-hurricane-preparedness-list

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