Coast Guard personnel in Puerto Rico prepare for Tropical Storm Dorian

Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Puerto Rico personnel attach hurricane shutters to windows at Coast Guard Sector San Juan in Puerto Rico in preparation of Tropical Storm Dorian Aug. 26, 2019. The Coast Guard strongly cautions the maritime community to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions as Tropical Storm Dorian makes way into Eastern Caribbean waters. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ricardo Castrodad).

Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Puerto Rico personnel attach hurricane shutters to windows at Coast Guard Sector San Juan in Puerto Rico in preparation of Tropical Storm Dorian Aug. 26, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ricardo Castrodad).

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard is encouraging everyone to prepare early for the potential impact of Tropical Storm Dorian. Here are some storm preparation tips:

  • If you live or boat in an area prone to hurricanes or heavy weather, know your local and national weather sources and monitor them continuously.
  • Remove small boats from the water and move them to safe locations. Ensure the trailer and boats are secured above likely flood areas. Remove all electronic position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs), life rings, lifejackets and loose items. Ensure the boat is tied securely to the trailer. Contact local marinas and ask for advice. The marinas’ harbor masters are knowledgeable and can advise you on the best methods for securing your boat.
  • If your boat is too large to be removed from the water, move it to a safe haven well before the storm approaches. You should know where safe havens are in the area where you boat. Use extra fenders—such as used tires—to protect your boat. Use additional mooring lines, secure all hatches, take down the mast if possible and remove all loose items from the vessel. Tie down everything, inside and out.


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