[Updated] Premier Paula Cox is spending time today [Sept 7] visiting various locations around the island in advance of Hurricane Leslie. We caught up with her this morning as she stopped by Matilda Smith Williams Seniors Residence and the Dialysis Unit on Point Finger Road.
Premier Cox said: “I was scheduled to be on vacation from Thursday and Sunday, but I decided I would not travel. This is the first hurricane under my watch, and in my view it would have been imprudent and irresponsible…” The Premier will be visiting other locations around the island today.
Update 2.47pm: A statement from Government said: “In anticipation of the storm, Premier Cox believed it was important to check on various homes and businesses to see how their storm preparations were progressing.
“This morning the Premier started her visit at the Matilda Smith Seniors Rest Home, where she greeted care takers and residents of the facility to offer her support and encouragement.
“She then transitioned to the Beresford Swan Dialysis Unit to offer her support to facility staff, before making her way to Hamilton Parish, where she chatted with residents of a Winton Hill condominium complex.
“Premier Cox wound down her visits today by stopping at the Woody’s Drive In Bar and Restaurant in Somerset. The Premier, who was supposed to be off Island this weekend changed her plans due to the impending storm.”
Of today’s activities Premier Cox said, “This is the first serious storm under my watch as Premier, and I felt it important to be present and to tangibly express in some small way the Government’s care for those who are vulnerable and for those who are trying to settle their residential affairs in advance of Leslie. So today, for me, it was good to see people taking action and taking pre-emptive steps to prepare for this storm.”
Premier Cox said, “I want to commend the Minister of National Security, Wayne Perinchief and the EMO who have been meeting consistently for the last few days to ensure that the public is updated and prepared.
“They are currently meeting this afternoon, and they’ve been taking action to make sure they have the necessary resources at hand.
“I want to encourage residents to please look out for their neighbours. Please demonstrate your care and concern and check in on those who may be vulnerable or those seniors who may not have the resources to ensure their homes are properly protected. We must all pull together in that Bermudian spirit of helping thy neighbour, and with this unifying effort, it is my hope that all of Bermuda will come out on the other side of this storm safe and secure.”
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