No need to declare a state of emergency, PM says

PM Skerrit reflecting on life ahead of address to the nation
PM Skerrit in a pensive mood ahead of his first address to the nation after TS Erika

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.

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66 Comments

  1. Truth and Justice
    September 6, 2015

    You people re so not thinking, the PM is right, you all have lived in America too long. Dominica did not need a state of Emergency which woud mean everybody inside by sunset. Ts that what you all would want. It is a disaster, and disaster relief will come, but it is not a reason for STate of emergency when, we are not ooters, that is the criminals in Florida. It is because the Florida governor does not trust the population that he declared a state of emergency. As Dominicans we know how to behave in an emergency, the PM made the right call. He was wrong to go join those cult people on the 4/11,14. That is why the heavens fell on Dominica, good fighting evil. All u see the hastily renamed airport washout. Wait, for more of the wrath of Nature to fall on a hard hearted people, not thinking, too much demon worship going on in D/ca.

  2. never shameful
    September 3, 2015

    So someone made a great point…
    while D/a was getting hit by this lil tropical strom I was in route on a flight to Fort Myers Florida. I actually found out about the storm while flipping though channels on the flight.
    Whiles in Florida the governor called a STATE OF EMERGENCY ( in big vast Florida ) and the storm did not even get to florida yet.
    So Mr. PM, tell us why again you don’t want to call a state of emergency, or why you think it’s in the best interest for Dominica to NOT get help.
    florida is plenty times larger than Dominca, they called a state of emergency though for this little strom they called emergency. So why you think Dominica could handle it . natural forces don’t play, everything in its way will get push aside.. use your head a lil wiser sir Skerro.

  3. Wise-Up
    September 3, 2015

    What Mr Skerrit did not say is more interesting than what he said. He did not say who he consulted. Himself?Cabinet and cronies (same as himself)? China? Venezuela? Cuba? Morocco? Imagine how desperately that group would want to block the US from facilitating fast recovery and gaining the people’s gratitude. He also did not say what rights citizens would lose in a state of emergency. Therefore, citizens can’t assess the practicality of giving up some of their rights in exchange for greater international help and faster recovery. Remember, citizens routinely give up some rights in emergencies ( e.g. involuntary evacuation is an option and ‘trespass’ does not apply to emergency relief teams). The PM’s explanation for this decision has glaring gaps; this is what fuels public speculation about him wanting to control things at any cost.

  4. never shameful
    September 3, 2015

    The look on Mr. PM face in that pic is priceless.
    Looks like you have no clue on what to do next hah Mr. PM ?
    You lack so much of what a leader should be it’s not even funny.
    For the amount of damage in the country, but to Mr. PM that’s no emergent situation at all.
    I guess the ppl of Dominica should just resume to the normal life hah Mr. PM Skero.
    Don’t look to me like Dominica in any normal state right now, but you know best Mr.PM, no urgency in this matter at all. ( to you )
    So back to normal Dominica nothing to worry about.
    But don’t forget about the amount of ppl past away just from this one little storm.
    no need to prepare for a much worse hurricane Mr.Skero. Keep everything just the same, DA good to go.
    Hopefully the next storm don’t do as much damage. let’s hope, all we can do is hope because you know there is not going to be any improvement for such disasters.

    • The Real Facts
      September 4, 2015

      The type of mind you have, you misunderstood his pensive attitude. He is reading some information. What is your problem with that? Why put a meaning which is yours and yours alone, according to your mentality?

  5. Rights?
    September 2, 2015

    There was no State of Emergency, but the rights of the Salisbury people were violated for pleading for Years for repairs to their farm roads.

    What about the rights of the PWC workers who have been facing serious problems as far as payment to them for work done. Even their social security payments were not paid for Years.

    What about Dominicans rights to Free and Fair elections?

    What about Dominicans’ right to be informed of Passport sales and transparency/accountability re. the nation’s business?

    Note well, it is Dominicans on Island, who were first, on the ball, in this time of crisis to begin mopping up activities. DOMLEC, DOWASCO, MARPIN, LIME, ordinary citizens who are on the ground, working in terrible situations. Where are all those foreigners selling our passports and making millions, as we speak?

    Have we heard from the “Illuminati” from Rome?

    Who is the D/ca’s Ag. High Commissioner to England? what is the role of that person in England?

    Foreign…

    • never shameful
      September 3, 2015

      but he fears the US comes and take away the rights of Dominican, but Mr.Skerro you yourself doing the same thing to D/a ppl. Oh I see, it’s good for you to take away ppl right but not good for others…ok Mr.PM. I overstand sir..

  6. William Mc Lawrence
    September 2, 2015

    I agree with the Prime Minister… despite the damage caused by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, the situation does not require the country to placed under a state of emergency… In my opinion, the country suffered, the recovery and rebuilding has started and DOMINICA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS… Let’s put all our differences aside and join in the rebuilding effort… This is not a DLP or UWP or any political party playground… so let’s come together to help build a better, stronger, more resilient country… OUR DOMINICA :wink:

  7. changeisneeded
    September 2, 2015

    This is almost laughable, can’t believe we have people eating this up. “A state of emergency means a suspension of citizens rights”? Lol please explain what rights we will lose, I’m assuming Haitians lost their rights after declaring state of emergency after the earthquake? We need to maximize the possibility to get help in D.A, and if that means state of emergency, that’s what it is. We are not an oil nation where we have to fear America taking over our oil reserves. D.A if not a country in Civil chaos therefore a state of emergency has a different meaning, in this situation we are looking for help with infrastructure, food and medical aid. We can’t continue to eat garage from our leaders, we need to ask the right questions, challenge our leaders so they can always put the people first, and they can fear the people. Common sense tells me a state of emergency is needed here. We need to maximize all the help we may or likely get through different procedures, state of emergency…

  8. The Real Facts
    September 2, 2015

    Do the critics not know what a state of emergency means?
    The PM is correct.
    Furthermore, tropical storm Erika struck almost a week ago. Nationals are trying to pick up the pieces, so-to-speak and doing what they can to restore their life to normal in addition to helping others who are in need. It will be a long process but a state of emergency is not necessary. Should there be one, it means no work, no movement or they have to be indoors at a certain time. If we look at it from that aspect, it is not required.
    The PM was honest. Yes! If there is a state of emergency consider the seriousness of it. Dominica will really not receive the required help. They will fear coming to Dominica or helping it.
    This is what a state of emergency means. Can some of you who think you are more intelligent than others and consistently critical, not use your brains, heads and think, to comprehend what the PM meant about the US if there was a state of emergency?

  9. Truth and Justice
    September 2, 2015

    Why would anyne think a state of emergency wa needed. This is a disaster, not a war, and we are not America, . I applaud the PM n that call right call. Now if the people were out looting and fighting it wouldhave been a differnt situation, but everyone is co-operating, once the PM manages this impartially, things will be fine.

    • never shameful
      September 3, 2015

      So a disaster is not an emergent situation?
      I guess that’s what your implying. right?

  10. Da
    September 2, 2015

    This is the most selfish decision I have ever seen in Dominica. This man is a self absorbed feller who thinks that he owns Dominica and Dominicans. How could you not have declared a state of emergency when all communications were down to the outside world, not road network and not airports?! There were many criteria after the first 24 hours to call for one. But again it does not matter how much Dominicans are suffering , once it all about Skerro, he don’t care about us.
    No one advised him, he did this all by himself , we all know that he does not like to take advised from any one. Thinks he is an expert on every subject.
    It is sad that Dominicans are not seeing that it is either their survival or Skerriit’s.
    It is time for Skerrit to resign and give more competent people the rebuild Dominica.
    A true leader who knows what he is doing would have called a state of emergency to allow faster international relief to come in.
    “Is he hiding something?” Time will tell.

    • never shameful
      September 3, 2015

      Mr.pm lacks everything needed for good leadership!!!
      An the ppl still allow him to speak to them in certain manner!

  11. Rabbit
    September 2, 2015

    DNO what is meant by pensive mood. The man is a politician. Don’t waste my time.

  12. Wise up!
    September 2, 2015

    Can it be that declaring a state of emergency allow outsiders to help? Or is that we don’t want others to know where the donations are going to and how much was brought in? Just asking?

  13. peggy
    September 2, 2015

    I am saddened by what the pm said cause dominica is in need of a state emergency.and the people of America keep wondering it is so bad and your PM does not want to declear this.what is really going on free money and. Junking power.this does not look good cause if your PM did official ask the US for help things would be handle better.this is just to much my daughter is at Rose and I do hope that Dominicans do not leave their lives in the hands of the PM.sorry to say this man in not right.good luck Dominica cause he said that this hurrican put the country 20 years behind well to me 40 years because I do hope the monies goes to do the right thing God. Help your country.my daughter will be returning to the US.

  14. Yah Right
    September 2, 2015

    Totally agreed…no need for declaration of State of Emergency. Some people need to educate themselves concerning maters before they go blah blah blah. Now is time for we Dominicans to come together, take care of each other and stop waiting on a broke Government to do it all. We claim to be strong and resilient lets start acting like it. The Americans and Chinese are not responsible for rebuilding our country they got their own problems.

    • never shameful
      September 3, 2015

      If most of everything in the country is distroyed, what do you suppose your going to use to rebuild if you don’t get some type of help from somewhere?
      SMDH. use your head neh man! ggzzz

  15. Kali
    September 2, 2015

    To all the people touting the “we will lose our rights as a citizen” line, I challenge you right here, right now: tell me about those rights. Explain to me those rights that you are so concerned about losing. And no, do not turn to Google, do not go digging in those big green law books. If these rights are so dear to your heart, then surely you should be able to articulate them without hesitation, so let’s hear them.

  16. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 2, 2015

    Good move. Let’s join hands and rebuild together. This is our Dominica.

  17. Dominican in NJ
    September 2, 2015

    So what the difference when St Lucia declared a state of emergency back in 2010, when a similar, even less devastating disaster occurred?????

    St Lucia recovered nicely, with an economy that is far better of than Dominica’s ……so again tell me why YOU SKERRIT think it is best not too to a state of emergency.

    • never shameful
      September 3, 2015

      yes sir please tell us WHY YOU THINK Dominica should not get help? St.Lucia did an doing well.
      Pride comes before the fall..to much pride you have so, or you just to damn selfish to your own ppl.

  18. uk resident
    September 2, 2015

    it was very strange to my ears to hear Skerrit say …..i ask help from every country EVEN from IRAN why say EVEN from Iran
    it is almost like saying Iran shouldnt be ask help from

  19. Taboo
    September 2, 2015

    Mr P M

    I am truly flabbergasted that you would expect the U S to treat Dominica as a U S state after the high profile campaign you have been raging against the U.S.

    You openly snubbed President Obama when he held the high level meeting in the Caribbean. Your excuse was that you were too tired!

    You should have called a State of Emergency as Dominica would have been emancipated from your autocratic rule.

  20. Francisco Telemaque
    September 2, 2015

    “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”(Roosevelt Skerrit).

    That is the worst bit of hogwash I’ve ever read or heard!

    Only in Dominica: Maybe I am not fluent in the English language, nor do I comprehend the English language, however, if we brake it down in parts, we will discover that the word “State” means different situations, however we can say a mode or condition of being. Emergency, on the other hand is simply defined as an unforeseen combination of circumstances, or the resulting state that requires immediate action; such as an urgent need for assistance or relief.

    What does that have to do with government unable to function, and would cause the suspension of citizen rights; baloney!

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 2, 2015

      The only time a state of emergency should affect the life’s of the citizens of a country is in the event of a civil war, or civil disturbances, such as a riot!

      Now if people were in the country breaking into stores, stealing; and a state emergency was declared because of that, then the police would have a right to shoot kill!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahhahahahahah!

      Nevertheless, after a disaster such as we have in Dominica, a state of emergency can be declared without affecting any personal life. A State of emergency was declared in certain areas of California, earlier this summer when the fires were burning, that State of Emergency had no legal effect on the day to day living of any citizen of California.

    • never shameful
      September 3, 2015

      Real real BALONEY!!! TO THE MAXXX

  21. Rol
    September 2, 2015

    You can’t bro you can’t. It’s too late now. A stich in time saves lives. We have an Alba treaty now we can’t undermine

  22. Caca Chat
    September 2, 2015

    There is no room for politics right now, why are your hearts so colorful,
    Peoples lost their lives, but you all don’t care, you all are consuming by an evil heart that is politically motivated,
    Unity right now is more important than division
    this is an opportunity for us to come together as a peoples as a nation
    You all are hearing what God is saying,
    when the earthquake sometime this month I will want to hear you all, because this one will affect everyone

  23. Music Producer
    September 2, 2015

    Politics aside, Some of you have your Morales mixed up with your moral obligations. After Erica hit D/a, Rick Scott, governor of Florida, declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida – Erica was still afar off, mind you, and there was no assurance it was going to strike them. Considering the state of affairs, how is the entire country of Dominica NOT in a state of emergency? 8-O The fan has finally been shat!!! :mrgreen: tout moun fou!!

    • never shameful
      September 3, 2015

      TOUT MOUN FOU!!! IS RIGHT
      Big florida brace themselve for a lil storm but for this strom PM skerro felt that there should not be no emergency for D/a. After all the aftermath, do you still feel that why sir?

  24. September 2, 2015

    Mr Skerritt is entirely correct. As dreadful as the situation was and is, there was no need to abridge citizens’ rights. And I can’t help but think that all those now complaining he didn’t institute a state of emergency would instead be calling him a dictator if he had done so.

    • CONCERNED
      September 2, 2015

      this is an accurate statement. there is no need for Dominica to be controlled by an overseas body. i don’t want to lose my right and freedom. giving them control means tht they will treat us like wat they think we are (a set of backwards thinking ppl), putting our needs last.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 2, 2015

      Steve, Skerrit is talking nonsense, in that case he is confirming to the world that we do not need any assistance; we need no help; that is foolish, because there is a state of emergency existing in Dominica at the moment! If there was no state of emergency, why talk about almost a thousand people was evacuated from villages and brought into Roseau?

      Why is Ian Douglas talking about Portsmouth is cut off from the rest of the country. If there was no emergency why a search, and rescue was implemented?

      Thirdly, they claimed that some of those they evacuated are housed at DGS, how long are they going to be housed on school premises, it is an emergency to find homes for all the affected displaced, even those who lost everything and a shacking with relatives!

      An emergency is declared based on the magnitude of damages caused by a hurricane,earthquake, flood or fire, or any other emergency!

    • Dominican in NJ
      September 2, 2015

      How come this was not the case when a state of emergency was declared for st lucia back in 2010, when a similar disaster occurred…………when will you all stop allowing skerrit to fool you all…..he will not call a state of emergency because this will leave him open to many things and lost of power.

      But don’t worry not too long again>>>>let him dig his own pit.

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      You are also correct. Some of them have done enough of that especially in the past year or two when a storm was imminent. You know the saying, darned if I do and darned if I don’t. One way or the other, some people cannot be pleased.

  25. the fly
    September 2, 2015

    RESPECT to you mr skerrit you and your government is doing a good job never mine about that too face LINTON on Q95 talking from where the never shine.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 2, 2015

      Are you familiar with the term “Drosophila;” there are many different species, at least Lennox is not a fly, because flies evolved from decaying substances such as feces!

      So, think of your status before you have anything to say about someone who was born a human by natural processes. I wonder from what species of drosophila you evolve with your disgusting mentally deranged mind; you parasite!

  26. amindom
    September 2, 2015

    Hmmmm. Doesn’t want to give up control of the money coming in.

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      What nonsense and negativity is that? If there was a state of emergency, he would be in Dominica – nowhere else.

    • UDOHREADYET
      September 3, 2015

      Dum dum… why are people like you always concerned with money and what other people have? a State of emergency means curfew, citizens cannot walk the streets and can be shot on site, it means the police and military take over the Island and are lead directly by the Prime Minister Dominica is not Haiti, Africa or America, the majority of our citizens do not rob and steal from each other. yes there are karwats running around but they know when they show there face is blows they getting. We police ourselves.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 3, 2015

        You are a fool, ignorant of the fact! State of emergencies are called for different reasons. For instance, if there is civil disorder in a country where there is rioting, looting and people are getting killed; under such circumstances people could be banned from the streets from dust till dawn!

        Or even told to remain in their homes!

        Or could be told not to travel in certain places within certain hours. A curfew could mean a regulation enjoining the withdrawal of usually specific persons such as juveniles, or military personal from the streets; or the closing of business establishments or places of assembly at a stated hour.

        No condition exists in Dominica right now which warrants a curfew. There are legal grounds on which a curfew must be ordered; however, there are no legal grounds at the moment for a curfew!

        Skerrit is simply talking crap: he consulted with who? If he did, it would appear to me his counselors are all idiots! He continuously take bad stupid advise…

  27. DD
    September 2, 2015

    Someone definitely loves the taste of power, what rights do we have that the u.s will take away. Hahaha… Man… They will take u out. U sweating now… U fraid they dethrone u skerro. This is Dominica’s chance to jump foward ten years…. But u want to spend that ten years fooling ppl… I can hear it now -Champagne 2020-“We will rebuild petite savanne! A new bridge in boetica! With help from the Chinese construction of a new bridge

    • mano
      September 2, 2015

      10 years and they cannot rebuild there own.

    • ME
      September 2, 2015

      Someone is dreaming out loud? :mrgreen: Let me see if you will ever wake up from that dream. Skerrit is will be even more powerful after the crisis and I suspect that’s what have you sweating and afraid.

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      Another ungrateful one. You should thank God for sparing your life during tropical storm Erika and that the situation was not worst for Dominica. It could have been you know. Next time you will be not be spared.

    • UDOHREADYET
      September 3, 2015

      Venezuela was the first country on the scene, the first plane to land in in Douglas Charles after the flood was a Venezuelan plane. Whats your point. ‘Chance to jump forward ten years’ don’t you see that the country is totally devastated its digressed 20 years. Water, communications and Power were restored to most of the Island in the fist week… it took 20 years to recover from Hurricane David, i grew up without lights and running water.
      Skeritt is the only Prime Minister that has brought this country forward in such a short period of time. He has established the relationships with governments that past Prime ministers sought… actually i’m wasting my time, knowledge is an offense to a fool!

  28. TrueToDA
    September 2, 2015

    Lord Jesus you are up 24 hours a day – 7 days in a week. You see it all, and you know it all, the how-when-where- and the why. Please let your Holy Will be done in Dominica I pray.

    • Gabby
      September 3, 2015

      I see. And since he sees and knows it all, he sat by and let the storm destroy us, right? Or was it all part of some big mysterious ‘plan?’ Are you really able to worship something who you believe casually lets such terrible disasters happen?

  29. Ryan
    September 2, 2015

    My fellow Dominicans its time for us to come together the leaders have done so on both sides …we should be our brothers keepers, our family and friends in the Diaspora have been doing all what

    • Ryan
      September 2, 2015

      Lets stop the politics thing. those who have Given the Responsibility to distribute water and other needs plz put aside that politics thing , plz put away that RED POLITICAL SHIRT its time for nation building

  30. Doc. Love
    September 2, 2015

    Obviously, their is no need for a state of emergency, because it would not be in the interest of Skeritt. According to a local lawyer, if a state of emergency is declared, the master mine behind the coolwash brigade of 1979 which toppled Patrick, would be in charge of the country.

  31. September 2, 2015

    Could someone please shed some light on the final line and a half of the PM’s statement. It’s confusing .What on earth is he talking about.

    • Chris Mann if you are a Dominican and you live in or out of Dominica and have been following the happenings in Dominica; the final line of the statement makes a whole lot of sense to the majority of us, who have been hearing to views expressed by a few.

    • anonymous2
      September 2, 2015

      The bankers took over at the end of May. That is who he takes orders from now.

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      If you are sleeping, wake up!

  32. anonymous2
    September 2, 2015

    There is no “state of emergency in DA”. and no reason for it. The fact that the PM has to even ask someone is a sign that he is not in charge. He will defer taking away the citizens rights in a time of emergency to another party.
    Lack of planning is what is responsible for the dire mess that ensued as a result of Erika, and this wasn’t even a hurricane. Forward thinking needs to be implemented on all levels and don’t wait for the govt. to initiate anything. People need to start taking responsibility for their living situations and not live in areas which are subject to unstable soil situations which can result in mudslides. People have to start coming together as communities and forget about the govt.

    • Zandoli
      September 2, 2015

      The disaster preparedness people need to be fired.

      I can understand the ordinary folks not taking this storm as seriously as a full fledged hurricane, but one would think the disaster preparedness people are trained and should anticipate some sort of destruction in the event of a tropical storm. They ought to have know better and advised the populace accordingly. They failed miserably and should be held accountable.

    • Anoymous2 you mean to tell me our PM is so powerful that he was able to make rain pour on Dominica for 8 hours non-stop. Man he is good.

      On another note, do you know your country and how well? Most of the established communities and the homes are older that the PM and members of this government. Just saying.

    • THAT IS Dominican
      September 2, 2015

      You can’t forget government. You put them in charge to do your work. If they not doing a good job you FIRE them. You don’t forget them and let them twavay away to build bigger houses and more duty free for they and their friends. Then add on that you born labour and will die labour. See if the mud and the aftermath will worry which color you are. See where you’ll end up even if you have to go change into your labour t-shirt and cap for the camera to see you. You put your SERVANT (Not King) to run YOUR business. Faster you learn that the wiser you’d be.
      Labourites should cancel their US Visas and get ALBA Visas. SMH.

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      What is wrong with he asking? Utilize your common sense. He probably had a relevant conversation with someone and asked the person’s view. It could have been his deputy. Who knows? There is nothing wrong with that. The same way we ask another for advice, “What do you think of that?”

    • Muslim_Always
      September 3, 2015

      If you are suggesting that a PM does not consult with people of expertise then you have no idea what it is to be a leader of a country.

      It is crucial for a leader to hold meetings or consult with technical people before taking crucial decisions. Do you know how many military scientists and advisers the US or leaders of the EU has?

      Sadly your thinking shows you have no idea about governance.

      The PM can consult, seek advice etc, yet he has the final say!

  33. nicole
    September 2, 2015

    Wise decision

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