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Monday, June 6, 2011
Highly Vigilant and Prepared in Cuba in the Face of 2011 Hurricane Season
By Oscar González Vázquez / Radio Cadena Agramonte.
The hurricane season began officially in Cuba last June 1 and will run up dangerously to November 30.
Both dates mark a period of time in which the likelihood of storm formation increases, though statistics reveal that – because of its geographic location and extreme climate changes - Cuba can be affected at other times of the year.
Nevertheless, in the course of these six months it is necessary to take great precautions such as speeding up the pruning of trees and not precisely cutting them off; being vigilant in maintaining and cleaning up rives and creeks, drainages, ditches, and trenches; checking the conditions of roofs and storehouses among other measures included in the plan against the occurrence of natural disasters.
It is important to keep the power generators units ready, for they are responsible for ensuring electricity in critical moments to vital spheres such as hospitals, food processing centers, rescue units, radio and TV stations and units of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of the Interior.
The World Meteorological Organization agreed that the first tropical storm to be formed in the Atlantic Ocean in the 2011 hurricane season will be named Arlene.
It turns out to be an imperative to give priority the works included in the so-called preventive stage, which is a guarantee for every territory to be in better conditions and less vulnerable in the face of any natural phenomenon that could hit us.
It is also important that neighbors help to maintain their quarters free from rubble, garbage and other solid wastes the sidewalks, streets and banks of the rivers, and with that avoiding blockages in the sanitary system.
The climate changes are unavoidable and with them the rise of hurricanes which originate or batter the Caribbean where the Cuban archipelago is located, consequently we should be prepared and on the alert.
Immersed on the hurricane season, it is vital to take specific actions to protect the population, in the first place, as well as assets and economic targets that might be threatened by the occurrence of any atmospheric phenomenon, and implement, in a disciplined manner, the guidelines of the Council of Defense in each territory.