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Expert: Shutdown procedure flawed


Expert: Shutdown procedure flawed

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A BUSINESS continuity professional is accusing authorities of failing to follow the correct shutdown procedure for Tropical Storm Matthew, which affected the island at the end of last month.

An adamant Bob Turnbull said a directive should have first been issued by the Head of State in accordance with the law.

“Under the Emergency [Management] Act, a state of emergency should be declared by the Governor General before any ministry has the right to order a shutdown. So, what actually happened should never have happened in the first place anyway,” he asserted yesterday during a breakfast discussion hosted by the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Hilton Barbados.

When contacted for a response, director of the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Kerry Hinds, would only say that the law clearly outlined the responsibilities of the agency. (WILLCOMM)

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