Hurricane Shelters to be Upgraded

Her Excellency Governor Elizabeth Carriere.
Her Excellency Governor Elizabeth Carriere.

BRADES – Both Her Excellency the Governor Elizabeth Carriere and the Honourable Premier Donaldson Romeo believe that there were many lessons learned from the recent passing storms.

During their first joint press conference on Monday, September 14, 2015, Governor Carriere said there was initially a sense of complacency around the impending storms but we “pulled together a team.”

An emergency policy group which comprised both the governor, premier, director of the DMCA and several others met daily once storm warnings were announced for Tropical Storm Danny and after Tropical Storm Erika passed.

She added that recommendations have been made for improving how the island handles the preparation for a storm.

“We took each storm seriously,” said Premier Romeo. “The shelters were not in proper condition.” Only two designated shelters were found to have been ready to accommodate residents. Shelters are required to have showers, adequate water supply and emergency power at a minimum.

To this end DFID has allocated $70,000 to get five of the shelters “absolutely ready,” announced the premier.

Governor Carriere commended the departments and ministries in the work they did to prepare for the storms.