With increasing predictions for an above-average Atlantic hurricane season, the local division of NaDMA has been making the rounds to ensure that all of the emergency shelters are in good standing should the need arise for them to be utilized.
On Monday and Tuesday members of the department together with officials of the Public Works and Public Health divisions visited several of the sites to update themselves on the current status of the various facilities.
Head of NaDMA, Bernice Date says that the process of inspecting the shelters regularly is very important especially during the hurricane season.
She said that the inspection took into consideration all of the necessary factors from the physical integrity of the facility to electrical, plumbing, washrooms, sewerage, fire exit and other areas required for the building to be approved as a hurricane shelter.
According to her, there are eleven shelters across the sister isles of Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
The shelters she said are spread across, Harvey-Vale, L’Esterre, Hillsborough, Bogles, Dover and Windward. Negotiations she disclosed are currently ongoing to have one in the community of Grand Bay to service the people there and the adjacent environs.
Date maintains that the shelters are being checked to ensure that they are also ready in case of other natural disasters such as earthquakes, Tsunami and the like.
“We are looking at primary and secondary shelters,” said Date.
The local head of NaDMA points out that this year’s inspection takes into consideration the need to adhere to all of the Covid-19 regulations.
This she says means that they are preparing the facilities to ensure that all of the measures laid down by Government and the Health Department are in place in the event that the shelters need to be activated.