Government declares “National Disaster Preparedness Weekend” as hurricane season opens

first_imgPhoto credit: mcema.netDominicans will use one weekend this month to prepare for any disaster that may occur during the June 01 to November 30 hurricane season.Scientists have predicted an above normal 2011 hurricane season, with 12-18 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes and 3-6 major hurricanes.”In an address to mark the start of the season, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced that government is declaring June 24 – June 27 “National Disaster Preparedness Weekend”.As part of the initiative, local businesses will have to make major discounts on items required for use during hurricanes, and men on the block will have to assist their communities, Skerrit stated.“I would like to appeal to the business community to plan for major specials and price discounts on preparedness implements such as weed whackers, cutlasses, shovels, gloves, garbage bags, just about all the items that will be required for use during this period.”“I will arrange for the refuse collection service to work around the clock during this period, to cart away garbage. That which can be destroyed and burnt on site, should be disposed of in a safe manner as the resources of the sanitation department are limited…I appeal to young men in particular to come off the block for a while pay some attention to your homes, communities and loved ones and volunteer your services and your energy to make this nature isle a safe and secured place for us all to live.”Skerrit called on political parties, businesses, churches, schools, community groups and sporting associations to work as a team during the disaster preparedness weekend. A meeting of all disaster management agencies will be held shortly, Skerrit announced, adding that he is identifying resources for village councils and other government agencies to use in the event of a disaster.Dominica Vibes News 12 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Government declares “National Disaster Preparedness Weekend” as hurricane season opens by: – June 1, 2011 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more