Dominicans advised to ensure properties are insured in light of hurricane season

A house damaged by Hurricane Maria

As Dominica and the rest of the region prepares for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Chairman of the National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO), Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, is encouraging members of the public to ensure that their insurance payments are up-to-date.

He was delivering remarks at a meeting of the National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO) which was held

at the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) in Jimmit on Monday.

“Ensure that your insurance payments are up to date and that you are not under-insured as we were all told after Hurricane Maria,” he said. “Please engage your insurance broker, your insurance company and go through your insurance policy very carefully.”

According to him, that posed a serious challenge to many property owners in this country.

Prime Minister Skerrit said also that it is important to reinforce doors and windows or erect temporary shutters.

He stressed the importance of preparing ahead.

The prime minister advised that an emergency bag should be packed in the event evacuation becomes necessary, “and stay tuned to official sources of information throughout this hurricane season.”

“We don’t have to wait for when there is an approaching storm or hurricane to put those preparedness matters in place,” Skerrit stated. “We need to start now if we have not started.”

The Prime Minister pointed out that the world is in a very difficult situation and therefore, “It calls on us to do everything in our power to properly and absolutely prepare ourselves at the family level, at the community level and at the national level for this hurricane season.”

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13 Comments

  1. Man bites dogs
    May 27, 2020

    Please don’t take any notice of those boomboom flies they’re all losers in life they want you to be like them just because they don’t have a pot to piss in make sure to insured your homes properly and you will be OK. Our home and contents was insured properly we got paid and didn’t have to rely on anyone for help.

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  2. Silver fox
    May 27, 2020

    Listen to what Mr Skerrit has to say for crying out loud 🔊 insured your properties, vehicles the lot before hurricane season comes if you don’t this time you on your own no more of that nonsense you people going on with and expect the government to help you guys or seating back saying God is good God will help you ya wait for it! 😂

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  3. Jill
    May 27, 2020

    I’m still waiting for reimbursement from Maria. I paid my yearly dues for 15 years and still have not received my agreed payment from first domestic. Don’t bother with home insurance it’s a waste of money.

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  4. Pipo
    May 27, 2020

    Mr. Skerrit’s advice, wile sound is not realistic. People, who were insured and persuaded to be patriotic and take out there cover with a local company are still waiting for payment and unlikely to receive a penny. Others are still under tarpaulin and can not get cover, even if they could pay for it. Then there are the many, who are out of work, struggling to feed themselves and unable to pay for their utilities. That leads me to the next question Mr. Prime Minister, are the recipients of government housing under your schemes, living in buildings of multi occupancy, covered for hurricane damage? I think this is a fair question to a man who says he cares, don’t you? All these people do not have the benefit of having their expenses such as insurance, covered by government.

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  5. Watch Dog
    May 27, 2020

    Playing hero again? Your helicopter ready to flee the country again before it hits?

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  6. Bwa-Banday
    May 26, 2020

    Skerrit is such a HYPOCRITE its not funny. Sir, can you tell the insurance big wig who served in your last cabinet to pay up? When you see god hold you all people must say is Mal they make all you eh. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

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  7. May 26, 2020

    I am still awaiting payment from FDIC for damages to my hotel following the passing of Hurricane Maria. I was fully insured and received an official assessment of the cost of repairs from FDIC followed by month on month communications promising payments. I recently won a court judgement against them but still no payment as yet.

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    • RandyX
      May 28, 2020

      Ken, I feel for you. The bottom line is, you might as well move on and face the facts that you won’t see a penny. You see in Skerrits Dominica the company of one of his friends can go bankrupt without any further liabilities. The owner of said insurance company should have had his other businesses liquidated in order to pay the debts of his insurance business. But not so! There are 2 sets of rules and laws in DA: one set for Skerrits friends and cabal members and one set for the rest.

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  8. Ask Mel
    May 26, 2020

    Skerrit owns the majority of the houses in Dominica so he needs to ensure they are insured. How can the people insure a house that they don’t have a certificate of title for?

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  9. Ibo France
    May 26, 2020

    Proper and comprehensive insurance of our homes is the ideal thing to do. But, let’s be realistic. Most families are struggling mightily to put food on the table these days as unemployment has gone through the roof. It is alright to encourage people to ensure that their houses are properly insured but realistically property insurance is just a fleeting illusion for too many working class Dominicans. My solemn wish is that all the tropical storms and hurricanes, for this season, will dissipate over the ocean. All the countries of the Caribbean are struggling to barely keep their heads above the surface of water. We presently can take no more.

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  10. Hurricane Watch
    May 26, 2020

    What’s the point? I’m still waiting for my insurance payout from last time round. The company gone bust and left me and others high and dry. The owner of the bust company is still living a life of luxury in DA.

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  11. Pie
    May 26, 2020

    My question when will the people of the south get their houses?

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    • Batibou River
      May 28, 2020

      Not right now, you will have to wait about 4/5 years. As far as Skerrit is concerned, not point giving you houses right now. Just before next election is much more effective to give these houses away…

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