ODM prepares for Hurricane season

Participant receives training in First Aid

The Hurricane season is in its second week and the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) is focused on prevention and mitigation of hazards that could be caused during the season.

The ODM is currently hosting a series of public forums across the country and focusing on first aid and other basic community disaster management practices.

“People should not wait until a hazard has affected families and communities and then respond. We have to do all in our power prior to a disaster. We need to plant trees to sustain hillsides, and cut them where they may pose a hazard and take other measures that will lessen the impact,” said Steve Joseph, program manager at the Disaster Management Office.

According to information coming from Sheryl Leblanc of the Meteorological Office, this year’s 2011 hurricane season is expected to be an above average year, with 11 to 18 storms predicted.  Six to ten of those could be hurricanes and five to be major storms.

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2 Comments

  1. Know the facts
    June 10, 2011

    You should not depend on a list to secure yourself and your family. You seem to know about the travels of ODM,maybe you can take over,hope you dont travel even if you require to. The Parl. Reps are playing their part, the country needs everyone to take Disaster management seriously and play a role in preparedness….

  2. joyr
    June 9, 2011

    Why is ODM preparing for the Hurricane Season when the season has begun. What has happened to the Shelter List. We heard the Ag. Coordinator say that the list would be ready by Friday. All we are hearing is that Paliamentary Representative are the ones doing talks around the island.Where is the shelter for the Roseau area do we have one ?
    Please you all are paid to do a job do it well and stop the travelling to all parts of the world.

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