Saturday 15 August, 2020

PM Mottley: Serious talk needed on Disaster preparedness

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has again stressed the importance of Barbados being prepared for the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which impacts the region between June and November each year.

Her appeal came during her post-Cabinet Press Briefing on the heels of a fact-finding mission to the Bahamas on Thursday, following the passage of Hurricane Dorian on Sunday and Monday.

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Mottley, who as Prime Minister of Barbados, sits in the Bureau of CARICOM and who will serve as the regional body’s Chair next year, was accompanied by Allan Chastenet, the present CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of St Lucia, Barbados’ Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Dale Marshall, along with officials from the Caribbean Development Bank and CDEMA – the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

The cyclone bore down on the archipelago of islands as a Category Five storm with winds above 185 miles per hour; it was moving slowly at times with a speed of less than one mile per hour.

In its aftermath, it has claimed over 40 lives and Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says he expects that number will rise.

Back in Barbados, Mottley told reporters based on what she and her colleagues saw, and the stories which they heard; it was evident that in a post-Hurricane Maria era, a serious public discourse was needed among Barbadians on preparedness.

“This is our new norm . . . we have to be ready for any an all eventualities.  That means that we are going to have to do things differently and that is an exercise that regrettably it has taken the loss of lives and the tragedy and horror of Maria and now Dorian, to reinforce,” she said.



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