The National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) has been finalizing preparations for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season which begins on June 1 and ends on November 30.
NODS continues to encourage the various government ministries to either update their disaster management plans or for those that do not have, to develop them. Disaster officials have met with disaster liaison officers that are attached to the ministries to ensure that this is done.
There have also been meetings with District Disaster Coordinators (DDCs) who are responsible for disaster management issues in the communities. The disaster office will continue to engage in a number of training sessions with persons who have volunteered to assist the DDCs to include topics such as basic disaster management, damage assessment, shelter management and telecommunications among others.
Work has been ongoing to approve the list of shelters for the 2019 hurricane season, which is a collaborative effort between NODS and the Ministry of Works.
The national disaster office encourages adequate preparedness ahead of the season.
Some of the general hurricane preparedness tips include: ensuring that properties are secured, stocking up on non-perishable food (e.g. canned goods, juice, cornflakes, crackers), storing adequate water for drinking and cleaning purposes, having a battery-operated radio and extra batteries, flashlight and items for specific family members like babies, the elderly and those with special needs.
Farmers, fishermen and business owners should also take the necessary precautions to secure their livelihood. – the end –