A place for the homeless during storm
Measures were being put in place to ensure the safety of those who live on the street with the approach of Tropical Storm Dorian.
President of the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society, Kemar Saffrey, told the DAILY NATION his team made preparations early in the morning to get the homeless into hurricane shelters across the island by noon, and ensuring they had necessities once there.
“We are in a better position than we were in last year; we have access to more resources,” he said.
“The Government has gone ahead to put things in place to make sure the homeless would be catered to and we have identified shelters for them to use. So we are working with the Government and emergency services to ensure everything is ready by noon when the shelters open.
“But if we cannot reach all, we are asking those who live in communities that have homeless persons to help them access the closest shelter.”
Saffrey said members of his team assembled at hurricane shelters just after 8 a.m. to ensure everything was in place.
“It’s a large number of people we are catering to because the homeless are not just who you see in Bridgetown. We want to reach all those scattered across the island so they could know they can access all public shelters,” he added. (SB)
Head of the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society, Kemar Saffrey (right), was on the job in The City yesterday even after the national shutdown, looking to help more homeless people.