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Updates to Hurricane Frances

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(758) 454-3452

Contact: Chris Satney

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 – With the first week into the 2006 hurricane season gone, the National Emergency Management Organization NEMO is calling on Saint Lucians to be ever more vigilant and to make the necessary adjustments that will allow them to safely weather a storm.

Director of NEMO Dawn French said Saint Lucians need to stock-up on the necessary food items in case a hurricane strikes.

“We never advocate that people do the last minute buying at the supermarkets and get caught in that rush. We advocate that people look at the things they are buying now—their bottled water, their tin food, their biscuits, dried bean—start having those things in place, start looking at the important document they want to secure if they are going to leave home,” said the NEMO Director.

She said people should attempt to inspect their homes from now and make the necessary repairs to avoid their dwellings from being blown away in a storm. Home, she says, should be the first place of shelter in the time of a storm and should be secure.

“That is my policy personally. I have tried to strengthen my mothers home and if things get too bad I will move to my sisters place, because the last place government is going to open is a school or a shelter, and we know what the conditions are like there; we would have to wait for NEMO to send down particular food items and bedding and clothing,” French said.

Experts predict that this year's hurricane season will be as active as last year's.

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