Video: Govt Press Conference On Hurricane

October 21, 2020

[Updated] Minister of National Security Renee Ming, National Disaster Coordinator Steve Cosham and BWS Director Dr Mark Guishard are holding a press conference this afternoon [Oct 21] to update on Hurricane Epsilon. We will have additional coverage later on and in the meantime the live video is below.

Minister Ming said, “Hurricane Epsilon continues to be a potential threat to Bermuda, but based on the latest forecast, this weather system is expected to be similar to what Bermuda experiences during a winter gale. We do not expect a disruption of public services.”

Update: The live broadcast has concluded and the 8-minute replay is below

Update 5.17pm: Minister Ming’s remarks:

Good afternoon,

Earlier today, the Emergency Measures Organisation met to get the latest update on Hurricane Epsilon. Hurricane Epsilon continues to be a potential threat to Bermuda, but based on the latest forecast, this weather system is expected to be similar to what Bermuda experiences during a winter gale.

We do not expect a disruption of public services, and I am pleased to note that all of our partner agencies are ready and prepared should the need arise. From a public safety stand point, however I will note that there will be some sea swells, particularly on the south shore, associated with this storm, and I want to urge people to stay out of the water until Epsilon passes. Bermuda there’s just six weeks left in the 2020 hurricane season, and as we have seen, this has been a particularly busy season.

September and October are considered peak storm months for us. And against the backdrop of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, I can understand that our community is perhaps feeling a sense of hurricane season and coronavirus fatigue. We have definitely been tested as a Country this year. But we mustn’t become complacent.

One of the reasons Bermuda has been able to fare so well during serious storms is because of our high level of preparation.

We must continue to exercise preparedness. Hurricane Epsilon is a reminder that residents should check their emergency and storm supplies and replenish their provisions, if needed. This includes non-perishable goods, batteries, water and the relevant health and safety PPE equipment. From a safety standpoint, if needed, residents should also make any minor home repairs and secure any outdoor furniture. These are the basic steps that have worked well in helping us successfully weather previous storms.

Finally, before I close, on behalf of the Ministry of National Security, I wish to take this opportunity to publicly extend my sincerest condolences to the families of Daymon Simmons and Omar Wilson – who both tragically lost their lives during two separate road traffic collisions recently.

I offer my heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Simmons’ and Mr. Wilson’s loved ones. These are tragic circumstances and we certainly are keeping the families of these young men in our thoughts as they mourn their loved ones. One life lost on our roads in my view is one life too many. And I am asking all of Bermuda’s commuters and motorists to please exercise caution and safety as you navigate our roads.

Thank you.

National Disaster Coordinator Steve Cosham’s remarks:

Good afternoon,

As we have heard from Dr Guishard, Thursday evening and most of Friday will be windy with some strong gusts. As such we do need to be mindful in our everyday business like riding bikes.

The EMO have a tentative meeting planned for Thursday afternoon, in case Hurricane Epsilon veers towards Bermuda and we have to take immediate action.

If this occurs the public will be notified immediately. In the meantime I urge everyone to check the forecast on the Bermuda Weather Service website at so that we all keep up to date with the latest forecast and are not taken by surprise.

Hurricanes Paulette and Teddy should have taken down the weak trees and branches; if you find yourself without power, call Belco on 955 or report it using their website, and if a branch or tree does come down, please report this to Public Works on …… Thank you.

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  1. Grateful says:

    Thank you Minister Ming. I don’t know how we ever survived without you and your wisdom.


  2. tell me something says:

    We have all guessed that this thing is going to be a non event. Please let us know what the plans are for tackling the debt which started in 2008 and continues in 2020. I don’t want to hear about Covid or any other dumb excuses, fiscal management is what is important.

    • Son of Jah says:

      Amen. PLP have hidden behind Covid for too long. Anyone can ban ships and planes. Now is the time to show what you have.

      My guess is nothing.