Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said that he has consulted on whether a state of emergency should be declared in Dominica in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika and has been advised that there is no need to take such action.
In his nightly update to the nation on post Erika recovery efforts, PM Skerrit said he does not believe the political directorate should take such a serious decision without seeking advice.
Further, he noted that there are a number of implications that would result if a state of emergency is declared in Dominica. He explained that declaring a state of emergency means the suspension of many rights of citizens. He added that doing so will compromise the Government’s ability to do what is necessary to restore the island which was severely affected by Tropical Storm Erika, Skerrit said.
Skerrit also pointed out that declaring a state of emergency does not mean the US would react to the situation in Dominica as it would if one of its own states declares a state of emergency in the event of a disaster.