Bahamas, June 22nd 2017: Soon you will be able to receive notifications on any pending emergencies such as storms or hurricanes at the touch of your mobile phone. This as government is working on developing an Emergency Alert Mass Notification Pilot Project. The project comes at the start of the Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th.
This will allow the public to receive notifications of a pending emergency via text messages and emails. However, residents will have to register to the alerts via email.
The partnership involves the Economic Development and Planning Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and both telecommunication companies, Bahamas Telecommunications Company, BTC and Aliv, which will conduct a six-month Pilot Project to be launched this July 2017.
Speaking to House Members on Tuesday, Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Hubert Minnis says the aim is to “strengthen our disaster preparedness and emergency management policies and operations.”
Noting there is a lot of work still to do as a result of Hurricane Matthew, Prime Minister Minnis described it as “a long road to restoring normalcy to many Bahamians.” He adds that there were currently 700 assessments in terms of home repairs for the islands of New Providence, Andros, and the Berry islands pending to determine eligibility for assistance, with 320 of those assessments will be eligible for assistance at a total cost of $3.7 million for labour and material.”