03 May, 2010

Dust Off the Plan

Hurricane Preparedness - It's your responsibility, especially here in Belize.
The more you can do on your own or together with your friends and family to be prepared, will only give you a leg up on safety and survival.

The links that follow will provide you with most of the current information, products, and advice on preparing for a hurricane and what is happening weather-wise with a hurricane. Staying informed is one of the keys to survival.

Our Hurricane Preparation and Evacuation Checklist ( The Rider Family Hurricane Preparation and Evacuation Checklist, covers - Before the Hurricane, - After Evacuation is ordered, and - After the Hurricane.

If you want to modify the Checklist to suit your own needs and requirements, I'll be glad to send it to you in Word or Open Office formats. Just email me (dave [at] winjama [dot] net) and tell me what format you want it in.

National Weather Service, National Hurricane Center ( This is the site with more information on Hurricanes than anywhere else in the world. The authority.

Belize National Meteorological Service ( They provide good localized for Belize weather and hurricane information.

Belize National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) ( Their site provides some preparedness information. Most importantly, they also provide lists of hurricane shelters by district and village, town, or city. NEMO does a pretty good job within their capabilities, which are limited. Limited by resources, personnel, training, money, outreach and others. Those are all in short supply. That is why it's important for you and your family to be very proactive in preparedness.

The American Veterinary Medical Association ( has a lot of information regarding pet and other animal preparedness and safety during disasters.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Data Buoy Center ( This is the place to go if you just can't get enough technical information about hurricanes.

National Weather Service, Ocean Prediction Center ( This site gives a technical glimpse into hurricane weather prognostication. No, they don't use the Old Farmer's Almanac, but they probably have it in a desk drawer - just in case.

1 comment:

Dave Rider said...

Hi sharon,

Thanks for the nice comments. I'm glad you find it interesting.