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