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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Tuesday, May 12, 2009 – The high level of inclement weather experienced in recent days is not an indication of the intensity of the upcoming hurricane season. So says Deputy Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) Julian Dubois, as he reminded the public to remain open-minded that disasters don’t only come in the form of storms.


 “We must say there have been concerns expressed about the current spate of rains we’ve been receiving, and people seem to feel it has some indication of what we could expect for the hurricane season. Last month we actually got a reduction in the forecast for the current hurricane season and we’re expecting another forecast to be made by the experts out of the National Hurricane Centre and the University of Colorado,” Mr. Dubois said in a GIS interview.


That forecast, he said, will be the final release ahead of the 2009 hurricane season, scheduled to start in the next two weeks.


“We’re not sure what it’s going to be, but notwithstanding, we want to implore persons that one hurricane is enough to impact Saint Lucia very negatively.  Whatever the forecast is going to be, we want you to do the necessary planning. Don't think that if one hurricane is forecast we won’t be impacted. In 1980 we were impacted by the very first hurricane for the season” he said.


Mr. Dubois said as the hurricane season draws nearer, NEMO will intensify its public education and awareness campaigns via the media, over the course of the six-month season commencing on June 1, 2009.

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