St. Maarten Residents should prepare for rough seasPOSTED: 06/29/12 1:09 PM
St. Maarten – Coastal residents are advised to have plans in place for possible storm surge in the event of a passing hurricane along the south coast of the country. These plans should have been in place since before the hurricane season started on June 1.
Most coastal communities are vulnerable to one or more different kinds of flooding and related hazards: frequent flooding from storm surge and winds; and storm-caused erosion of bluffs and beaches. St. Maarten’s coastal areas are Beacon Hill, Cupecoy, vicinity of the Princess Juliana International Airport, Simpson Bay, Pelican, Cay Bay, Belair & Little Bay, Philipsburg, Point Blanche, Red Pond, Oyster Pond and Guana Bay.
In the event of a passing hurricane, homeowners should secure their possessions to upper levels of the structure. If you decide not to stay in your home, you should make the necessary arrangements before the passing of a hurricane on where you would stay to ride out the passing of the storm system. One should not wait until the last moment to evacuate their home. Rising storm waters can also flood coastal roads.
Property damages that can be expected from hurricanes and coastal flooding have been increasing year by year, and in many places the threat to life is increasing as well, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). If you have to leave your home before a hurricane strike due to high storm surge turn off water and gas, have a radio and spare batteries, a first aid kit, flashlight; spare bedding; bottled water and tinned food; house keys; prescription medicine; cash and credit cards; mobile phone and spare clothing.