Government has been actively preparing for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season which is scheduled to commence next month.
In a recent statement, Premier Andrew Fahie said officers throughout the public service have been “updating their plans and procedures” so the territory is prepared to face any weather-related hazards that it encounters.
“The team at the Public Works Department is carrying out ghut clearing. Around the territory — including on the sister islands — we are [also] inspecting potential shelters,” he said.
Premier Fahie then urged proprietors to ensure their businesses are prepped and ready.
“We are also taking the time to encourage and remind the private sector businesses that while they operate in this ‘new regular’ with COVID-19, that they also remain in a heightened state of preparedness for the upcoming season,” Fahie stated.
A need to prepare for multiple hazards at once
In a subsequent media release, Acting Director of the Department of Disaster Management Dr Evangeline Inniss-Springer said that regional disaster risk managers have been reinforcing the need to work in a constantly-changing multi-hazard environment.
She said, “We can see this is happening right now with many of our Caribbean brothers and sisters simultaneously needing to respond to earthquakes, drought and a global pandemic. There is a recognition that we all must work to prepare for more than one hazard at once.”
“Seasonal preparations will need to be adjusted, but for most families and businesses, they will already be taking precautions for COVID-19,” Dr Innis-Springer stated.
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will begin on June 1 and run until November 30.
Hurricane researchers at the Colorado State University have predicted 16 named tropical storms during the upcoming hurricane season.
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