As the 2019 hurricane seasons draws closer, residents are being told to take the various emergency exercises and drills seriously and test their individual level of preparedness in the event a real natural disaster.
That warning came from Governor Augustus Jaspert following a tsunami exercise in the territory last week.
“The big priority is making sure that we are ready for disasters — not that we ever want any — but if any are thrown at us. The reasons for the tsunami exercises is to see how ready we are and we will be doing a wash-up with the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) to look at how things went,” the governor said.
He said it is important that the public know what to do when the National Early Warning System is sounded. He discouraged residents from dismissing the emergency drills as a silly exercise.
Governor Jaspert said the exercises are to not only inform members of the public of what to do and not do when the tsunami warning is issued but for the DDM to fine-tune their preparedness levels.
He said issues such as the entire population being made aware of the exercise among other topics will be discussed during the assessment of the activity.
In the meantime, Governor Jaspert said the DDM is working “to ensure that designated shelters are functioning; marine shelters are being progressed; contingency supplies are being replenished, and that the early-warning systems are being tested.”
He added that he is pleased that the United Kingdom has been able to assist in providing back-up satellite communications, emergency generators and contingency supplies to the territory.
“There is still much to be done, and I will continue to work with the g
The Atlantic Hurricane season begins on June 1.
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