Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Lewis Says Grand Bahama Is Prepared for the Impending Tropical Disturbance

Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction Iram Lewis said the necessary protocols are in place as the island prepare for a tropical disturbance that is currently in the region.

At a press briefing in Grand Bahama today, Lewis said hurricane shelters are being prepared and an update will be provided by Thursday. The shelters will not be opened unless the need arises, he said.

“One critical thing to note is that our emergency transport support is on the ground with both water and ground transportation in the event that we have to once again rescue or evacuate.”

He said, “If we have to bring the residents of Sweeting’s Cay across to the mainland — we did a drill in May before the hurricane season started with Tropical Storm Arthur, and it gave us a good idea of what we have to do in the event we have to do it this weekend, we have all of the mechanisms in place.”

While there are no concerns as to whether the team is ready for the impending storm, he added that in some cases it’s “learn as you go.”

As for debris,  Lewis said his ministry has been in talks with City Manager Troy McIntosh because a lot of rain is anticipated. Efforts are being made to manage the collection of the debris.

Lewis said meetings have been held in Abaco to ensure the various settlements are preparing.

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