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Hurricane preparedness in focus

RACHELLE AGARD, [email protected]

Hurricane preparedness in focus

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Residents of Connell Town, St Lucy and surrounding districts are currently being schooled on the proper techniques for hurricane preparedness.

In a panel discussion at the Connell Town Pentecostal House of Prayer, led by director of the Department of Emergency Management Kerry Hinds, residents have been advised to go home and look around to see how prepared they are.

Also part of the panel discussion were Gordon Ashby, architect and director of Gordon Ashby Architect Ltd, disaster risk management specialist, Clive Lorde, and University of the West Indies lecturer Dr Yvonne Weekes.

Hinds advised the small crowd, which included minister in the Ministry of Transport Work and Maintenance, Peter Phillips, to engage in community cleaning as it was not Government’s sole responsibility to do it.

She noted for the current hurricane season, Barbados had already faced the threat of Hurricane Beryl a few weeks ago, and she once again encouraged residents to be prepared in the hopes of ensuring Barbados did not end up similar to Dominica, following the passing of Hurricane Maria last year. (RA)