As Hurricane Jerry approaches north of the territory, Acting Governor David Archer Junior has activated the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC).
He made the decision on Thursday after consulting with Premier Andrew Fahie and under the advice of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM).
The NEOC has been activated at Level 1.
“This means that critical response agencies in the NEOC Operations group will be monitoring the situation closely and be on standby for the possibility of increasing the activation level,” Archer stated.
Close business, private operators told
The Acting Governor is also urging all private sector business owners to follow government’s lead by closing all their respective businesses on Friday, September 20 in anticipation of Jerry, which has upgraded to a category two hurricane.
While the public service and all public schools will be closed, Acting Governor Archer is reminding members of the essential services that they will still be required to show up to work.
“These essential services, as defined by the BVI Labour Code, are the police service, prison service, water and sewerage services, Fire & Rescue Services, electricity generation and distribution services, telecommunication services, healthcare providers, transportation services and port services,” Archer, Jr said.
He also urged residents to learn from the lessons taught from the 2017 hurricanes by ensuring that they are fully prepared ahead of the storm.
Persons are being urged to continue to monitor all updates relating to the hurricane on the DDM’s social media pages, as a hurricane can change direction or windspeeds at any given time.
If emergency action is required, emergency alerts will be issued via radio and text message.
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