Premier: Be Prepared For Hurricane Season

May 29, 2015

According to the National Hurricane Centre we are expecting a less active season this year but that shouldn’t mean that we should be complacent, Premier & Minister of National Security Michael Dunkley said in the House of Assembly today [May 29]

In highlighting the beginning of Hurricane Season — which starts on June 1st — Premier Dunkley said: “Bermuda was severely tested when we were hit by two back to back hurricanes within the span of one week.e demonstrated our resilience in recovering relatively quickly in large part because we were well prepared.

“Particularly following Hurricane Gonzalo, we demonstrated our resilience in recovering relatively quickly in large part because we were well prepared,” added the Premier.

“As we head into this hurricane season, in my capacity as Minister of National Security, I am encouraging residents and businesses to take the familiar steps of preparing for the season,” added the Premier.

“As I have said in years previously don’t wait until the last minute to top up your emergency kits. Ensure you have the staples such as batteries, non perishable food items, fuel for your car or bike and even your generator.

“It’s important that home owners and businesses ensure that their properties and establishments are secured; check that your insurance is up to date and that any trees are properly trimmed and safely away from power lines.

“Last year’s October storms resulted in significant damage to marine vessels Mr. Speaker. And so I am urging boat owners to ensure their vessels are secured well in advance of any storm. These are just some of the precautions to be taken during this season.”

The Premier said the Emergency Measures Organization met last week and Government agencies as well as private sector partners “are well prepared and in a state of readiness for anything this season might bring” and the “public can be confident that we have well tested plans and the resources required to meet the challenge in the wake of such an event.”

The Premier’s full statement follows below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise this morning to highlight the beginning of Hurricane Season, which starts on Monday June 1st.

Mr. Speaker, in recent weeks, Bermuda’s centuries long hurricanes history has been at the fore of our national conversation.

Mr. Speaker, I am of the view that such a conversation is always timely, because we can never rest on our laurels when it comes to discussing the importance of being prepared for the storm season.

Last year Mr. Speaker, Bermuda was severely tested when we were hit by two back to back hurricanes within the span of one week.

Mr. Speaker, particularly following Hurricane Gonzalo, we demonstrated our resilience in recovering relatively quickly in large part because we were well prepared.

So Mr. Speaker as we head into this hurricane season, in my capacity as Minister of National Security, I am encouraging residents and businesses to take the familiar steps of preparing for the season.

Mr. Speaker, as I have said in years previously don’t wait until the last minute to top up your emergency kits. Ensure you have the staples such as batteries, non perishable food items, fuel for your car or bike and even your generator.

Mr. Speaker, it’s important that home owners and businesses ensure that their properties and establishments are secured; check that your insurance is up to date and that any trees are properly trimmed and safely away from power lines.

Last year’s October storms resulted in significant damage to marine vessels Mr. Speaker. And so I am urging boat owners to ensure their vessels are secured well in advance of any storm. These are just some of the precautions to be taken during this season.

Mr. Speaker I can advise that Emergency Measures Organization met last week and I can confirm that Government agencies as well as our private sector partners are well prepared and in a state of readiness for anything this season might bring.

The public can be confident that we have well tested plans and the resources required to meet the challenge in the wake of such an event.

Mr. Speaker, I can also advise this Honorable House that in keeping with this Government’s promise in the Throne Speech, the Commissioner of Police has assigned inspector Steve Cosham to the Ministry of National Security as the National disaster coordinator.

He will also have the responsibility for planning, preparedness and other aspects of large scale public events in Bermuda. We are pleased to welcome him to the Ministry and will ensure that he has the tools and resources he needs to carry out his role and responsibilities.
Mr. Speaker, I just want to emphasize a critical point especially as in this era of rapid communication and modern technology.

In the time preceding a storm and in the aftermath, the EMO, through its spokesperson, is the only official source for storm-related information. This includes things like the closure of the Causeway, adjustments to work hours or school hours and public transportation advisories. Mr. Speaker, if you don’t hear it from us, it’s probably not true.

Mr. Speaker as it relates to communicating to the public during this age of technology we are undertaking to launch a Twitter account so that the public can receive periodic updates in the event of a severe storm.

As an added note Mr. Speaker, based on the robust public feedback following Hurricane Gonzalo, we will be taking tangible steps to significantly boost the transmission signal of the Emergency Broadcast Station located at 100.1 FM.

And this year, we will also be utilizing the SMS text alert services of Digicel and CellOne as part of the EMO advisory network in hurricane awareness.

Finally Mr. Speaker, I wish to extend my thanks to Kimberley Zuill of the Bermuda Weather Service and her team who have been doing their due diligence this week in updating the public regarding the predictions for this season. It’s been widely reported, according to the National Hurricane Centre, that we are expecting a less active season this year.

But that shouldn’t mean that we should be complacent.

I cannot stress enough Mr. Speaker about the importance of everyone checking their hurricane stores and to make sure that they have ample provisions and essentials in the event of a storm.

After all, Mr. Speaker, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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  1. Let us, (all) not forget too soon :-(

  2. Mockingjay says:

    After we were told that it was a Tropical Storm, thanks a lot but that’s not what I’m concerned about, it’s these anti-Bermudian policy’s and now Breast Gate that I’m worried about.

  3. We should consider safe keeping for racing yachts and teams in Dockyard….those precautions are imperitive….and right now…those vessels are light weight!

  4. Self says:

    Isn’t that rich, advising us to be prepared for hurricane season. Wasn’t he the one that royally dropped the ball last season?

    • Blog police says:

      Oh please, are you that feckless that you need someone to tell you everything.

      • Tolerate says:

        @Blog police, lol… Beat me to it.

      • Self says:

        Thank goodness I’m not. If I had waited for someone to tell me, the “storm” probably would have blown me away.

    • Tolerate says:

      ??? Oh wait he the weatherman now. If you are being told a storm is coming do you not prepare for the worse?
      No; you take the opinion of a politician. Hell even the professionals get it wrong at times. but hey…
      SMH

      • Self says:

        He’s not just a politician. He was in charge of the EMO, and royally screwed up.

        • Zevon says:

          The EMO didn’t scew anything up. Rewriting history again.