Irma became a Category 5 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center. Authorities estimate that it will affect Florida and Puerto Rico in the next days.

Irma is currently north of the Leeward Islands on the Caribbean, and is expected to maintain its west-northwest direction until this weekend. Its winds are now around 175mph.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency due to the possibility of the storm hitting the state. "We always prepare for the worst and hope for the best and while Irma's exact route is not absolutely clear at the moment, we can’t afford not being prepared".

Here are some helpful hints so all our students and members of MAU can be prepared for Hurricane Irma:

- Create an action plan. Design an escape plan at home in case of an emergency.

- Shelters. Locate public shelters available in your community.

- Provisions. Have plenty of water bottles and non-perishable food.

- Emergency kit. Have a first aid kit available for use.

- Keep all your personal documents safe and handy. Find a safe place for all your important papers, so they don’t get ruin by the storm and you are able to find them quickly.

- Emergency supplies. Stock up on batteries, flashlights, toiletries, and a portable radio.

Stay tuned for Meteorological bulletins and instructions issued by local authorities. Experience shows that the best protection method is prevention, which is why we need to be ready for any eventuality.

 

Photo: Daily Express

 

 

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