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Focus on safety


CARLOS ATWELL, ​[email protected]

Focus on safety

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With the island bracing for a midday national shutdown as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches, Barbadians rushed to supermarkets, gas stations and other businesses to stock up on supplies.

As regional airline LIAT cancelled at least 15 flights today, and Caribbean Airlines five, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital announced the closure of all its outpatient clinics for today, tomorrow and Wednesday, and Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley yesterday called on the entire nation not to take the storm lightly and focus on personal safety.

The Prime Minister called a mass emergency meeting at Government Headquarters, Bay Street, where key stakeholders in both the public and private and public sectors were briefed on what was expected going forward.

Flanked by Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson and acting Attorney General Wilfred Abrahams, Mottley told Barbadians: “We are asking people to take care and to ensure they do everything necessary as our utmost priority is to save lives and minimise injuries. After that we then look at minimising damage to property. We will only be successful if we do this together; this is not a governmental exercise.” (CA)

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With the island bracing for a midday national shutdown as Tropical Storm Dorian approaches, Barbadians rushed to supermarkets, gas stations and other businesses to stock up on supplies.

 

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