MARIGOT–Following the issuing of a yellow alert (vigilance) by the Préfecture on Wednesday, the Collectivité advises people to prepare, if they have not already done so.
According to the latest Météo France bulletin, Jerry is a tropical storm following a West-Northwest trajectory that cannot be ruled out as a category one hurricane. The storm could approach the Northern islands between Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21. The trajectory of the storm and its intensity remain uncertain, so it is important to prepare properly, observing instructions given by the local authorities.
The Collectivité, as with the approach of each cyclone event, activates its territorial safeguarding system in collaboration with the Préfecture and its services. President Daniel Gibbs organised a working meeting on Wednesday, September 18, to review the situation with the Collectivité’s teams.
As a precautionary measure, the Collectivité plans to intensify the collection of bulky waste by scheduling two collections in each neighbourhood. The Collectivité reminds that bulky items must be placed at the roadside at the designated sites. The waste collection centre is open to private individuals and to professionals who must take their bulky items to the Grandes Cayes eco-site.
The Collectivité also indicated it has had all the gullies cleaned. Public works areas are being secured and hurricane shelters are all operational. They will be open to the public if a red alert is issued.
As with the approach of each storm, companies are asked to secure their worksites, anchor containers and cranes, or even evacuate them. Materials such as scaffolding and other objects could become projectiles in a storm.
The Collectivité invites everyone to prepare, clean private property and surroundings areas, shelter boats and stock up on food and water during any hurricane season. The Collectivité thanks citizens for carefully following the bulletins of Météo France and for respecting the authorities’ instructions.