POND ISLAND–Prime Minister Leona Romeo-Marlin has requested the assistance of the Royal Dutch Marines ahead of Hurricane Isaac’s approach to the Lesser Antilles later this week.
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated by the prime minister. She chaired the EOC meeting in which decisions about precautionary measures for public safety and security were taken.
A decision to close schools will be made during an EOC meeting on Wednesday. This decision will be based on the Wednesday forecast track of Hurricane Isaac.
A curfew is expected to be issued on Thursday, September 13, based on Isaac’s track at that time.
Water and electricity company GEBE will interrupt water service to Point Blanche and Pelican residential areas five hours before Isaac’s passing.
ESF-2 Telecommunications and Post – all telecommunication companies have implemented their disaster preparedness plans which include making sure all generators at mobile phone sites throughout the country are full of fuel.
Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure VROMI advises residents that final pick-up for all garbage will be 12:00pm on Wednesday, September 12.
Three shelters will be opened in connection with the passing storm: Dutch Quarter Community Center, the Cole Bay Christian Fellowship Church, and Milton Peters College. Shelters can accommodate 175 to 200 people. Shelters will open on Wednesday at 5:00PM. Shelters will be open for 72 hours after Isaac’s passing.
Residents should use shelters as a last resort. People should first seek shelter with family or friends if needed. If going to stay at a shelter, walk with a “go-bag” with personal items. People in shelters will be responsible for their personal effects. Government is not liable for lost, stolen or broken personal belongings.
All critical infrastructure facilities – Port, airport and business sector – are monitoring the progress of Isaac. A decision about business closure will be made on Wednesday in an EOC meeting.
Residents are asked by the EOC to closely monitor Isaac’s progress and use this time to review their disaster supply kit and hurricane preparations.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/80471-three-shelters-to-open-wed-military-assistance-requested