EMO Meeting Held To Assess Hurricane Joaquin

October 2, 2015

The Premier and Minister of National Security, Michael Dunkley convened a meeting of the Emergency Measures Organisation [EMO] earlier today [Oct 2] to discuss Hurricane ‎Joaquin, and assess Government’s and other relevant agencies’ preparedness.

The Government said, “As of noon today, Hurricane Joaquin was still a Category 4 storm and has battered the Bahamas with significant wind and rain.

“Yesterday, as a measure of care and concern for the Bahamian people, Premier Dunkley reached out to the Prime Minister of Bahamas the Hon. Perry Christie to offer well wishes and assistance on behalf of Bermuda.

Astronaut Scott Kelly captured this photo of the hurricane today from the International Space Station


“Meanwhile, latest weather reports from the Bermuda Weather Service [BWS] indicate that Hurricane Joaquin remains a potential threat to Bermuda, with its closest point of approach to Bermuda anticipated to be around 10.00 p.m. Sunday October 4.

“The BWS advised that rain is expected on Saturday evening along with increased winds on Sunday as Hurricane Joaquin passes to the west of the Island.

“Premier Dunkley said the EMO is closely monitoring the hurricane’s progress and he strongly encouraged the public to make sure that they are adequately prepared in the event of a storm.

“Those living in low lying and coastal areas are encouraged to make the necessary residential storm preparations. Also as a precaution, those who own boats and other watercraft are encouraged to secure their vessels in advance of the inclement weather.

Chart courtesy of the BWS:

Hurricane Joaquin Bermuda October 2015

Premier Dunkley said, “We are certainly no strangers to serious storms. But Mother Nature can be very unpredictable. So it is critically important that residents be prepared. Government agencies are at the ready and we are paying close attention to the developments with Hurricane Joaquin.

“We continue to be in the throes of hurricane season with this year’s season being very active. As a timely reminder, I am strongly encouraging residents to ensure that their homes are secure and that their storm provisions, supplies and emergency kits are up to date, this includes an ample supply of batteries, fuel for your car, your bike and your generator.”

The Ministry added, “The public will be provided the necessary advisories and updates this weekend regarding the projected path of the storm. As a general reminder Hurricane season officially began June 1, and concludes November 30.

Members of the public can get the latest weather information by tuning in to or logging on to the following:

  • Hurricane preparedness: www.emobermuda.com
  • Online weather updates: www.weather.bm
  • FaceBook updates: www.facebook.com/dciBermuda
  • Televised weather updates: CableVision Ch. 4 and WOW Ch. 100
  • For The Public Forecast: Dial 977
  • For The Current Observation: Dial 9771
  • For The Marine Forecast Dial: 9772
  • For Latest Warnings & Tropical Information: Dial 9773
  • Government’s Emergency Broadcast station is on 100.1 FM

Additional preparation tips are as follows:

Roof And Tank
Block the gutters with clean rags or other device to prevent any leaves, salt and other contamination from entering your water tank.

Windows & Doors
Installing storm shutters over all exposed windows and other glass surfaces is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your home. Cover all windows, French doors, sliding glass doors and skylights. Plywood shutters that you make yourself, if installed properly, can offer a high level of protection from flying debris during a hurricane.

Outdoor Furniture
Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; anchor objects that cannot be brought inside but that could be wind-tossed. Remove outdoor antennas, if possible.

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  1. Prepare for the worse says:

    When are we going to get those Cel phone updates that we were promised ? Please don’t wait until it is to late to act !