Posted On: Friday, 01 June 2012
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Thursday 31st May, 2012)-As Kittitians and Nevisians gear up for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, officials from the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, have issued an appeal to all residents to be in an continuing state of readiness, throughout the six month period from today 1st June to November.
National Disaster Coordinator, Carl Herbert, in a statement yesterday Thursday urged residents of St. Kitts and Nevis and members of the Public and Private Sector, Non-Government Organizations, families and community groups, to mobilize their resources to help prevent possible loss of life and destruction to property.
Herbert added that although it is forecast for the development of fewer storms than last year, he reminded individuals of the destruction that could be caused by other weather systems, such as tropical depressions and tropical storms, which may be accompanied by large volumes of rainfall and create significant challenges.
The forecast for this year’s season is for the formation of 10 named storms and 4 hurricanes, of which 2 can be category 3 or higher.
The 2012 hurricane names are as follows:
Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie, William.
He shared some tips that residents can utilize in order to keep a high level of preparedness:
- 1.Being attentive to the local media for weather information relating to St. Kitts-Nevis.
- 2.Being concerned for the wellbeing and welfare of others, including the blind, the deaf and other individuals with disabilities who may be in institutions of care or at home confined to their
- 3.Make the time to cut over-hanging branches and tall trees and secure or dispose of items on premises.
- 4.Building contractors, automobile repair enterprises and other business operators should take the time now, to ensure that they have a plan in place to secure lose items that can pose a threat to life and limb.
- 5.Be very vigilant as the season progresses and ensure that you have nonperishable food items, water storage containers, flashlights,radios with spare batteries and extra medication.
- 6.Avoid parking vehicles in ghauts or water courses, as quite often; prolonged rainfall in the hills (of which we may not be aware) can cause these water-ways to become very flooded and life threatening.