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Disaster Management Minister Jeffers urges Nevisians to be in readiness for 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Hon. Alexis Jeffers, Deputy Premier and Minister accountable for Disaster Management on Nevis

By: Hon. Alexis Jeffers, Statement

    The following is a press release by Hon. Alexis Jeffers, Minister accountable for Disaster Management within the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) on the beginning of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season which begins on June 01 and ends on November 30.


    1st June yearly is acknowledged as the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Residents of Nevis are urged to be prepared within the occasion this season produces monster storms with devastation, matching or exceeding these of Hurricanes Dorian, Irma, Maria or tremendous storm Sandy.


    The impression of local weather change is predicted to accentuate our vulnerabilities. Global warming traits are contributing to a rise in ocean temperatures and leading to rising sea ranges. This can doubtlessly gas extra storms, erode coral reefs and take away coastal boundaries.


    Our historical past has proven that important impacts on our economic system has had main setbacks on our socioeconomic and bodily environments. The have to construct our resilience and cut back the vulnerability of our society has now turn out to be important. This is why I’m right here at this time as Minister with duty for Disaster Management to induce everybody who haven’t but begun, to start out getting ready early for this yr’s Atlantic Hurricane Season.


    On Tuesday twenty fourth May 2022, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), launched its predictions for an above-average hurricane exercise this yr. The forecast vary of 14 to 21 named storms of which 6 to 10 may turn out to be hurricanes together with 3 to six main hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or increased.


    The Nevis Disaster Management Department performs a number one function in complete disaster administration actions, and is vigorously supported by a cadre of skilled individuals and volunteers that play important roles in coordinating the preparatory actions throughout the island.


    Preparation for this hurricane season is vital. I encourage the non-public and public sector companies to ascertain emergency plans and enterprise continuity plans. I attraction to all households to ascertain household disaster and communication plans [and] along with conduct simulated evacuation drills. Proper planning with pals and households reduces the probability of panic throughout emergencies.


    Some of the tips we encourage are:


    1. Know the place the Emergency Shelters are positioned


    2. Stock up on meals with prolonged expiry dates


    3. Have provides equivalent to first support kits, flashlights with additional batteries, create go baggage with vital paperwork, money, medicines and alter of clothes.


    4. Trim bushes with over hanging branches and clear recognized drains and waterways.


    5. Listen to the alerts and warnings issued from the native meteorological workplaces and the Nevis Disaster Management Department.


    Regardless of the Hurricane forecasts, we have to be reminded that it solely takes one storm to wreck our properties, neighbourhoods, communities and our lovely island. The rising financial losses over the past 20 years have taught us invaluable classes and the significance of disaster-proofing important infrastructure.


    The most weak in our society are normally the toughest hit by storms. This group consists of the aged, single headed households, low-income earners, these with out an in depth household or social community and people who are mobility challenged or impaired. This weak group additionally are inclined to have a number of the lowest evacuation and sheltering charges.


    I remind you that experiencing hurricanes might be demanding occasions. It is crucial that we’re armed with the data of what to do earlier than, throughout and after every impression. I can guarantee you that the Nevis Island Administration pledges its help and can do its half to make sure the island’s readiness for the eventualities of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season.


    The process at hand requires a coordinated strategy in any respect ranges. Our collective efforts and actions to cut back our vulnerabilities are small but important steps towards minimizing the lack of lives, psychological trauma and financial prices of disasters in our Federation.


    In concluding, I need to specific my honest and heartfelt appreciation to the volunteers who’ve sacrificed their time and security over time in an effort to make sure weak individuals are taken care of. The disaster sub-committees that signify an all-of-government-approach, Healthcare employees, Public Works Team, Emergency Shelter managers, First Response Agencies, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and the Red Cross volunteers. Your willingness to serve yr after yr is commendable. I salute you and thanks prematurely on your invaluable help and cooperation all through this season and past.


    Finally, I ship out an attraction to hitch the efforts of the Nevis Disaster Management Department and this Government in constructing a resilient island. Your overwhelming help is important to our very survival and can put us in a greater place in the direction of constructing resilience in our beloved Nevis. This will add worth to our economic system, improve the island’s preparedness, response mechanisms and restoration efforts.


    May Almighty God proceed to information, guard and shield our beloved Nevis.








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