Local government has commenced preparations for the 2018 hurricane season, which begins on June 1.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith gave that assurance while noting the progress the territory has made since the onslaught of hurricanes Irma and Maria last September.
“As we continue on this progress, we have also activated the planning process with the disaster preparedness section to make sure that we are ready for the next hurricane season,” Dr Smith said on Sunday.
The country’s leader also underscored the importance of the territory being ready.
“We can never tell what would happen during the hurricane season. Predictions vary sometimes but we have to be prepared, have our shelters ready as fast as possible so if anything happens then we will be able to shelter and look after those people who are in need.”
Mimic building codes of forefathers
During a recent walk through Road Town, the Premier made stops at Crafts Alive and at the Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park.
On his stop at Crafts Alive, the Premier said the various buildings remained ‘largely intact’ because they were built with peaked roofs and very little overhang.
“[That is] the way our forefathers did to withstand the effects of hurricanes that were then prevalent,” he said.
“We now have to do the same thing and build back better and stronger to be able to be resilient in what appears to be changes in weather patterns in this part of the world,” he added.
Noel Lloyd statue to be replaced
In the meantime, Dr Smith said his government plans to repair and re-erect the life-size statue of late local activist, Noel Lloyd.
Lloyd’s statue – which was erected inside the Road Town-based park named in his honour – was severely damaged during the hurricanes.
“It has to be replaced as part of the reconstruction that has to take place,” the Premier said.
Good progress in RT
Dr Smith said his recent walk through Road Town was to see first-hand the rebuilding and reconstruction of the capital.
“I am happy to see the progress that is going on in the territory … [and] in Road Town at the moment because it says we are on our way to reconstruction and rebuild,” he said.
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