Despite an entire month elapsing since the start of the 2020 hurricane season that is predicted to be ‘above average’, local authorities are yet to announce an approved list of emergency shelters.
Governor Augustus Jaspert told members of the media on Friday that the list was still in the process of being finalised.
He said: “One of the things that we’ve been doing is reviewing the shelter list, looking across each screen but also thinking about [whether] there are other locations, if we need to see more safe distancing, and some of the safe hygiene protocols.”
“I have been through that with the DDM (Department of Disaster Management), but they haven’t yet, as you are aware, published the final list. That is something we will report further on,” Governor Jaspert added.
Communities have access to shelters
The governor, however, said measures are still in place to ensure shelters are available, should residents require any.
“What I have been assured is that every community has access to an appropriate shelter as of now. But we want to still look at further arrangements as we go forward before any final word is put out,” he said.
2019 list valid until September 2020
The DDM’s Information & Education Manager, Chrystall Kanyuck-Abel told BVI News recently that until a new list is announced, the 21 emergency shelters used last year will remain valid in the territory until September 2020.
Of that 2019 list, eight of the facilities have been categorized as primary, another eight as secondary, while the remaining five was classified as tertiary.
Emergency shelters are located in Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada.
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