Turks and Caicos, May 3, 2017 – Providenciales – The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season will begin on June 1. The month of May is marked as Hurricane Preparedness Month and the Minister of Home Affairs with responsibility for Disaster Risk Management, Honourable Vaden Delroy Williams has given a statement on how the island plans to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.
In his statement, the Minister said “My Government and I are committed to building capacity within the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and by extension building resilience throughout the TCI. I have committed in the 2017/18 budget to address the need for a purpose built National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC) with Warehouse facilities, two snorkel vehicles to traverse flooded roads during emergencies, emergency radio communication upgrade and retrofitting of shelters. I am also committed going forward to provide DDME with the requisite human resources that it need to effectively and timely carry out its duties.”
He also urged members of the public and major entities to adhere to the DDME’s Hurricane Awareness Month theme ‘to prepare for the unexpected.’ “I would like to encourage you to participate in DDME activities as advertised, prepare an emergency plan and be vigilant throughout the Season.”