Hurricane Season: 114 emergency shelters ready in Dominica

The National Emergency planning Organisation - NEPO conducted a meeting on 9 July 2021 at which various Dominica officials and the Cabinet ministers were present. The meeting was held with the purpose to discuss and inform the readiness of the Dominica government ahead of the Hurricane season.

Dominica: The National Emergency planning Organisation – NEPO conducted a meeting on 9 July 2021 at which various Dominica officials and the Cabinet ministers were present. The meeting was held with the purpose to discuss and inform the readiness of the Dominica government ahead of the Hurricane season.

During his address at the conference, the Minister of National Security and Home Affairs – Rayburn Blackmoore of Dominica, stated that he had been actively engaged with the NEPO committee and certain Cabinet colleagues to plan and prepare for this year’s hurricane season.

The Minister informed that the NEPO mechanism continues to adapt operations to ensure that Dominica is in a state of readiness, and to achieve this goal, the training sessions were conducted across the country to emergency response and recovery.

Informing about the readiness efforts of the Dominica government, the Minister stated that the emergency communication had been strengthened, and the capacity of emergency shelters have also been increased in the past two years as the Dominica government has also constructed many climate-resilient houses.

The Minister added, “The Emergency Regional shelter would accommodate 1000 people. This year there is a better term of our shelters; 114 shelters are already ready, the capacity in the shelters is 7098.”

Following the statement, he further informed that around 4,000 people required emergency shelters last year, whereas approximately 3,941 individuals would require the emergency shelters per the estimations of this year.

The Minister also commended and praised the coordinator of ODM and the local government officials for playing a crucial role in conducting various training sessions throughout the nation. He also highlighted the efforts of the country’s disaster committees in supporting the national effort for disaster management.

“The year of 2020 was a particularly active Atlantic Hurricane season, and the country is about to experience another season. Dominica has experienced the passage of Hurricane Elsa,” the Minister added.

The Minister further reminded the people that the island is still confronting the contagious COVID-19 pandemic and the only way to get over the pandemic is to vaccinate the population of Dominica against the deadly mutant.

Minister Blackmoore also encouraged the citizens to get themselves vaccinated and to strictly follow the COVID-19 health protocols in order to defeat the pandemic.