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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 14, 2013/N133
Disaster Coordinator Salomon calls on nation to
prepare for 2013 Atlantic hurricane season; Forecasters say
busy season ahead
GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – Disaster Coordinator
Winston Salomon, Head of the Island’s Disaster Emergency
Management Organization, the Emergency Operations
Center (EOC), is calling on the Sint Maarten community to begin to prepare
timely for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, and to have the necessary plans
in place by June 1st, the start of the
Colorado State University hurricane team Phil
Klotzbach and William Gray have forecasted in their early April report enhanced
activity for the hurricane season with 18 named storms, of which nine will
become hurricanes, and four of those will become major hurricanes with over 111
miles per hour winds.
Even though the official start of the season is over two
weeks away, Salomon is urging residents to use this period to prepare
themselves adequately by reviewing their annual hurricane season preparatory
The Disaster Coordinator added that the country’s
disaster preparedness and emergency management mechanism are expected to be
ready to deal with any eventuality arising during the 2013 Atlantic hurricane
“As we do for every hurricane season, preparing for a
storm strike is necessary. Remember it
only takes one to make it a bad hurricane season. I am calling on the nation to begin to
prepare now, so as to mitigate the effects of a possible hurricane disaster. We
have the time now to prepare our homes, businesses and other structures
adequately in the event of a hurricane strike.
“Check your disaster plan and review your disaster
supply kit. Prepare early and avoid
being caught unprepared. Minimize your dependence on government, family
or friends. Preparedness starts with
every one of us within our communities,” Disaster Coordinator Winston Salomon
said on Tuesday.
Some of the preparations that should be carried out now
are checking hurricane shutters and the roof of
your home or business, and to make sure windows and shutters close securely.
Persons living along coastal areas as well as those in
flood prone areas should start looking at what measures they would take in the
event of a hurricane which could cause flood challenges.
The 2013 hurricane season officially runs through November 30 and begins June 1st.
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Roddy Heyliger (Email/Blackberry: roddyheyliger at gmail.com; Cells: +1 721
Sint Maarten Department of Communication (DCOMM)
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