The following is the official statement from Hon. Premier Donaldson Romeo on Hurricane Irma.
Most of us ought to be aware of Hurricane Irma which was formed in the Atlantic during theÂ past week and is projected to be a category 4 Hurricane.
Whilst a definite path is still to be determined, the experts have stated that there is a chance ofÂ Irma affecting the Leeward Islands. Considering the unpredictable nature of hurricanes, it isÂ always wise for us to be prepared.
Over the past two years we have made preparations for storms that never materialized andÂ some even felt that we over prepared. However, we all should know that it is better to be overÂ prepared than to be under prepared. Also each time we thoroughly prepare the less effort itÂ will take and the better prepared we would be the next time around.
I also report that our National Disaster Preparedness and Response Advisory CommitteeÂ (NDPRAC) met on Friday past and the Disaster Management Coordinating Agency (DMCA) hasÂ been given directives to ensure that all hurricane preparations are in place.
We have experienced hurricanes in the past so we know that they can cause floods, rough seas,Â landslides, power outages and more. Therefore, I must encourage everyone not to wait untilÂ the last minute to prepare and that in times like these we must become our brotherâ€™s keeper.
I urge all residents to stay tuned to ZJB Radio for updates on the weather and for instructionsÂ and information on Access, Schools, shelters and any other information which may be deemedÂ essential.
While we pray, let us get prepared and may God Bless us all.”