Town Hall Meeting: Emergency Evacuation Plan

January 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

At 6:30pm on January 24th at BIOS’ Hanson Hall, the Emergency Measures Organization [EMO] in conjunction with RUBiS Energy Bermuda  and SOL Petroleum Bermuda will hold a Town Hall meeting for Ferry Reach residents to discuss drafting an Emergency Evacuation Plan.

The Ministry of National Security’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Team Leader, Mr. Steve Cosham said, “Thus far, there has been no incident serious enough to require a neighborhood evacuation, but as public safety is one of our Team’s primary objectives, we need to develop a contingency plan.

“We are asking members of the neighborhood to be involved, as a collaborative approach will help ensure all inputs are considered to help ensure neighborhood protection and safety”.

A spokesperson said, “In addition to the DRRM Team, RUBiS, SOL and additional government agencies have been invited to be present. These agencies include; The Bermuda Police Service [BPS], The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service [BFRS], KEMH, Department of Health, Department of Corrections, Skyport Corporation, The Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority [BCAA], the Bermuda Airport Authority [BAA], the Rescue Coordination Centre [RCC] and The Department of Environmental and Natural Resources [DENR], St Georges Corporation and the two St Georges Members of Parliament. As this is a collective effort, it is important that all key stakeholders attend and be able to provide input or answer questions.”

Mr. Graham Redford, Managing Director of RUBiS and Mr. Jonathan Brewin, General Manager of SOL continued by saying: “We want to reiterate that there is no reason for alarm.

“This meeting is designed to garner input from our neighbors that along with guidance from the key industry and emergency service providers, will allow the Team to develop the necessary contingency planning so that the best possible evacuation plans can be implemented quickly and efficiently should an emergency arise.”

In closing, the Acting Minister of National Security Wayne Furbert said, “Not only is it best practice, it is also vital we get the professional opinions of the emergency and energy professionals, along with the input from Ferry Reach neighborhood residents. We need everyone involved to ensure we create the best and most effective plans”.

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