Dominica all set for 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season with resilient shelters

Prime Minister of Dominica, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, invited to talk about the country's preparedness for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The invitees included Marshall Alexander - Acting Senior Meteorological Officer, Fitzroy Pascal - National Disaster Preparedness Coordinator and Glenroy Toussant - Local Government Commissioner.

Roseau, Dominica: Prime Minister of Dominica, Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, invited to talk about the country’s preparedness for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The invitees included Marshall Alexander – Acting Senior Meteorological Officer, Fitzroy Pascal – National Disaster Preparedness Coordinator and Glenroy Toussant – Local Government Commissioner.

Marshall Alexander, who is the Acting Senior Meteorological Officer in Dominica Meteorological Service during the Annou Pale on 13 June 2021, on the outlook of this year’s Hurricane Season, has informed that the forecasters have predicted that there are 60 per cent chances of the above-normal season.

Alexander stated that the Atlantic Hurricane season extends officially from June 1 to November 30. He added that there are 40 per cent chances of a normal Hurricane season and 10 per cent chances of a below-normal hurricane season.

Alexander informed that for the Hurricane season of 2021, a likely range of thirteen to twenty named storms, of which six to ten could become Hurricanes, including three to five major Hurricanes, are expected.

“Based on this update, an average Hurricane season would produce fourteen named storms of which seven could become Hurricanes, including three major Hurricanes,” Alexander declared.

Following the statement, he further informed that this Hurricane season is indeed comparable to the year of 2017, where the nation actually saw seventeen storms, ten Hurricanes consecutively and six major Hurricanes, which means that Dominica has to get serious about the preparation, efforts for this Hurricane season.

Alexander also informed that the construction process of new two-story 3,980 square feet climate-resilient methodist shelter is completed in Jimmie, while the approach to furnishing the shelter is ongoing, which would provide utilities, furniture, equipment, internet, telephone services and appliances and staff is also required for the functioning of the shelter.

Despite this, he also provided information that the process of installing automatic water stations and an automatic weather station is ongoing,
and installation is expected to begin later in the month of June.

Earlier, an agreement took place between the government of Dominica and the National Authorizing Office from the side of the European Union Development Fund for the construction of two regional Hurricane shelters in Jimmit and Castle Bruce at the total cost of 32 million dollars.