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2015 hurricane season

The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season is a current event in the annual tropical cyclone season in the northern hemisphere. The season officially began on June 1, 2015, and will end on November 30, 2015. These dates historically describe the period each year when most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic basin and are adopted by convention. However, the formation of tropical cyclones is possible at any time of the year.

A strong tropical low exited the coast of Africa, and under favorable conditions became Tropical Depression Four on August 18. The depression was quickly upgraded into Tropical Storm Danny.  Danny has strengthened into the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season.

Hurricane Danny was located about 1,030 miles east of the Windward Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean as of 5 p.m. EDT Thursday.  Maximum sustained winds are now 80 mph with higher gusts.  Some additional strengthening is possible as Danny moves west-northwest over the next several days. It will be until early next week before Danny reaches the longitude of the Lesser Antilles.  Danny is then expected to weaken in the eastern Caribbean Sea.
TIPS TO PREPARE

BEFORE A HURRICANE

To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:

  • To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • Make plans to secure your property:
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Another year-round option would be installation of laminated glass with impact-resistant glazing. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, when high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows. When flooding may be occuring, be prepared to take shelter on a floor safely above the flooding and wave effects.
  • Consider building a safe room.

Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection.

DURING A HURRICANE

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
  • Moor your boat if time permits.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.

  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.
  • If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.

Read more about evacuating yourself and your family. If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again.
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Avoid elevators.

AFTER A HURRICANE

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas, floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. If you have any doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering – the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.
  • Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

We also recommend to be aware of national communications delivered by the emergency and disaster agencies of the Dominican Republic and the ONAMET (National Meteorology Agency), as well as CCTel’s Channel 10.

Emergency numbers in Cap Cana are:

  • Fire Fighters:          809.688.5587 (Ext. 4068)
  • Medical Center:     809.688.5587 (Ext.3710)
  • Security:                 809.688.5587
September 18, 2015 / by / in
Solaya to enhance Caleton Beach Club

Kindly be informed that there will be some upcoming enhancements to the facilities at Caletón Beach Club, beginning July 2015.

As a result of this project, visitors might encounter a slight disturbance that could possibly affect the peaceful environment at the beach. The team of Solaya Hotels & Resorts will continue to ensure that the visitor’s experience at Caletón Beach is a great one. It is important to note that during this period, the beach as well as La Palapa by Eden Roc restaurant will remain accessible with its regular operation hours.

For your reference, some of the facilities enhancements of the Caletón Beach Club will include:

  • Complete renovation and construction of the roofs
  • Complete renovation of the common areas
  • A Full Service Spa and Wellness Center, including a fully-equipped Gym
  • New concept and renovation of The Grill Restaurant with a “Terrace Lounge”
  • A “Cigar Lounge”
  • Construction of a conference and business center for members of the Club
  • Complete renovation of the pool area to convert into an infinity pool
  • Renovation of the Beach Bar
  • Construction of specialty luxury shops
September 18, 2015 / by / in
Vacation is all about having fun summer camp stories

Summer may be a time to relax, but tell that to kids who are bouncing off the walls or shrieking “I’m bored” every five minutes. Many parents today spent their childhood riding their bikes and playing games like baseball or dodgeball on side streets and in neighbors’ backyards. Many children today spend much of their time indoors, playing games on their tablets or watching television. Lots of unstructured outdoor play is critical to the health of children, though many have experienced a marked decline in the time they spend in free play.

Kelowha is unique because of the magic feeling we all share, the friendships that form, and the incredible memories that remain. In this special place you can be yourself, free to run, laugh, play, and discover.

Where else can you participate in the Traditional Color Run and Spartan Race, do zip lining, enjoy the wonders of the Cap Cana beaches, hike the Scape terrains, compete in your favorite sports, explore experiments and your creative flow, fish at sundown, complete impossible missions, pretend play to be a pirate, a cowboy, and monster, eat smores and sing songs by the bonfire, and make the best memories of a lifetime?

The positive effects of camp on youth development can be amazing. Our program is designed to be a BLAST for our campers, but we also focus on developing skills and values in our campers. We create a loving community in which every camper can excel and grow through a list of fantastic activities and with the guidance of excellent teachers and counselors. Our campers develop more confidence achieving goals, more resilience and openness to try new things, taking initiative, and solving problems.

Click on the link below for this summer’s camper photo stories.

September 18, 2015 / by / in