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St. Croix—Senate President Myron D. Jackson said in light of the recent reports on Hurricane Irma, residents of the territory need to take precautionary measures for expected landfall early next week.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) there are certain measures that need to be adhered to:

  • Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or invest in one-half inch marine plywood that is pre-cut to fit your doors and windows
  • Secure loose items on property
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and unnecessary pressure on the awnings
  • Listen to local area radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates
  • Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply
  • Fill plastic bottles with clean water for drinking
  • Fill bathtubs and sinks with water for flushing the toilet or for washing
  • Fill your gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued
  • Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances
  • Unplug small appliances to reduce potential damage from power surges that may occur
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box
  • Take pictures on a phone and keep copies of important documents and files on a flash drive

Senate President Jackson said taking the necessary steps is one way of preparing for any uncertainty that we may experience as a people. He concluded by saying, be safe and may God guide us through this.