UPDATE: State of emergency and curfew to take effect from 4.00 pm Sunday

A state of emergency and curfew in Dominica to coincide with the expected arrival of Tropical Storm Beryl will come into effect from 4.00 pm on Sunday to 4.00 pm on Monday but these measures will be immediately set aside if the storm dies before it reaches Dominica.

Prime Minister Roosevelt earlier today announced that a state of emergency and curfew would be imposed but indicated that the specifics would be announced later today. He made good that promise at a meeting with residents and hurricane shelter volunteers in Roseau earlier this evening.

“The state of emergency will take effect tomorrow from 4.00 pm and also the curfew will take effect from 4.00 pm tomorrow until 4.00pm on Monday afternoon,” the prime minister told the gathering. He said the declaration will be read out tomorrow so the public can be apprised  of the contents of the declaration of the state of emergency and the curfew.

Skerrit said however, that if the storm dies before it makes landfall in Dominica, the state of emergency and the curfew will be immediately set aside.

“But these are necessary, precautionary measures that we are taking and I want those who are not in favour of it to look beyond how you see life and to have a broader perspective on life and let us understand that the state has to take decisions it has to take,” the prime minister argued.

Skerrit made reference to countries “further north” which he said he understood had also declared a state of emergency.

“And the storm is very far from them but having lived certain experiences, you learn from them and you take the necessary measures,” he said.

On Friday July 6, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency “due to the potential impacts from Beryl in the coming days.”

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  1. Peace on earth
    July 9, 2018

    Are we still considering sewo and wcmf etc.? In case this was just a warning, we still have time to hurry up and fix a few roofs for people. Skerrit release some funds pleeeeease. Each one help one. By now there should be no tarps on houses. It’s almost a whole year. Goshhhhhh!

  2. blessings
    July 8, 2018

    thanks for the day off tomorrow. that is the only good thing.

  3. Ally
    July 8, 2018

    You need a lot of humor when you live in a country where the government is unable (or willing) to use international donations for rebuilding an ordinary infrastructure and electricity supply (!!) or provide quality material to give a chance on repairing homes …
    Now they call: “precautionary procedure“
    Better asked: “Skerrit, where is our money? Where’s our future? “?

    • Common sense
      July 8, 2018

      Educate urself domlec is not government owned sweety… Domlec also made billions in profits so if u hate skerrit fine but act like u have a head on ur shoulder… Idiot

      • Neville
        July 9, 2018

        That has got nothing to do with it – educate yourself.

    • Man bites dogs
      July 9, 2018

      Ally, You asked where is our money, My question to you have you made any contributions to the government of Dominica? Our money is whenever we work and pay our taxes, Go asked your Foreign Governments wherever you are paying your taxes and also your future bloody chick you idiots.

  4. dominican2dbone
    July 8, 2018

    It is very shameful to read that a country needs to be put under a state of emergency before a “tropical storm” hits. While I am aware that not all Dominicans are hooligans, and some would want to use this opportunity to raid and loot and cause mischief, but it makes you wonder… where is your national pride and concern for fellow man?
    I visited Dominica after Maria and it was shameful to see that almost all solar lights installed by the Government were destroyed, for the battery and panel. In some instances, these lights were destroyed beyond repair or use. Shameful, shameful, shameful!
    Where is your love of country?
    Where is your love of fellow man?
    Where is your self-decency?

    • Paul Rossnof
      July 9, 2018

      Greed is ruling the island, they learned well from their PM.

    • Shirley
      July 9, 2018

      Well said.
      I visited Dominica in October weeks after Maria and like yourself, saw and was embarrassed at what I saw.
      I never thought I would feel so ashamed of the way our people behaved and continued to behave. Greed is a deadly disease and sadly some of our people have contracted this disease. We need to get rid of greed and make progress.

  5. Roy Williams
    July 8, 2018

    To little to late. Why was that not done pre Maria. Laborites say Dominica has a visionary leader, I say we have a after the fact leader.

    • Common Sense
      July 8, 2018

      Did u know ppl would have done what they did.
      . we actually felt they saw how it destroyed St marteen…

    • Shirley
      July 9, 2018

      Better late than NEVER.
      How was the government to know our people in times of trouble would turn to crime?

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