The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) is calling on residents to maintain their high level of preparedness in light of Hurricane Jose which is nearing the Leeward Islands.
Jose, a Category 1 Hurricane which is expected to strengthen to a Major Hurricane by the weekend, is about 715 miles to the east of the Lesser Antilles as of 11:00 am.
Watches have already been issued for portions of the Leewards.
A calculation puts Jose at its closest point to Dominica this Saturday morning at about 120 miles to the north of the island.
Residents are therefore advised to finalize all preparatory activities for the Hurricane should it pose any danger to Dominica.
The general public must continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Jose and listen to advisories put out by the Dominica Meteorological Service.
Given that seas are still agitated from Hurricane Irma, Fishermen are advised not to venture out until after Hurricane Jose. Fishermen should also keep their gears out of the water. Small craft operators must remain in port.
Village Councils and Disaster Committees in all communities should activate their Disaster Plans.
Shelter Managers and Volunteers should be in a state of readiness to provide shelter, if needs be.
All Sub-Committees of NEPO should activate plans for a response to Jose.
Persons living in low-lying areas or close to rivers or other waterways should be on alert during heavy rainfall activity and move to safer areas if needs be. Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks should be vigilant and exercise extreme caution if they must move around. Also, persons living on the coastline should be mindful of storm surges as above normal sea activity is expected as Hurricane Jose continues to move across the area.