As the hurricane season opens the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) is warning that all Dominicans should have plans finals in the events of a storm.
“We are in the hurricane season and all residents should have had all plans for the hurricane season finalized, simulated or practiced again and should be in a state of readiness to activate such plans should the need arise,” the ODM said in a statement. “The hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th. Whatever the predictions it must be noted that it only takes one event to cause severe capital, infrastructural and social impact on our island state.”
Experts have revealed that there is a 50 percent chance of a below normal season this year.
According to the ODM, residents should not become complacent despite of the predictions.
“The National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO), therefore encourages individuals, families, institutions, including churches, clubs, corporate and business sector entities and also public service departments to use this week June 2nd to June 7th 2014 and beyond to do some introspection on our readiness and to hold in house and indoor meetings at strengthening the disaster plans and procedures of our various institutions and also to test the adequacy of such plans and procedures,” the statement said.
The ODM encouraged citizens to apprise each and everyone on their specific roles, functions and responsibilities before, during and after an emergency event.
“It is known that if you don’t give people information they are likely to make their own decisions therefore it is imperative that people under your responsibility are clear on what is required of them should your institution be faced with an emergency situation it takes a team effort to plan for, manage and respond to emergency events,” it said.
The Office of Disaster Management urged everyone to get involved and be prepared for any eventuality.
It noted that individuals should get involved by joining a disaster committee in their respective areas.