NEMA predicts Hurricane Irma will hit Bahamas and TCI on Thursday
Bahamas, September 3rd 2017 – Nassau – Jeff Simmons of the Department of Meteorology announced that South East Bahamas and Turks and Caicos will begin to experience the strong effects of Hurricane Irma, a category 3 hurricane by Thursday afternoon into Friday morning.
As such Prime Minister Minnis advised on “gathering supplies such as water, food, medicine, gasoline, flashlights, radios, batteries, and any other necessary supplies.” This was announced at today’s National Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) press conference.
While officially addressing the public, Prime Minister Minnis also announced that beginning tomorrow, Tuesday 5th September, NEMA will test launch a national alert system for emergency preparedness including hurricanes. Bahamians and residents can expect a first alert from the Department of Meteorology on Tuesday, followed by a 48-hour alert on Wednesday and a 36-hour warning on Thursday.
Minnis also added, “the government is acting with an abundance of caution” while advising, “the best course of action is to be well prepared in advance.”
At present, Hurricane Irma is located 565miles east of Leeward Islands moving Southwest of the region. NEMA continues to emphasize the importance of preparedness and strongly recommend that all members of the public take these warnings very seriously as Hurricane Irma is reflecting similar patterns to that of Hurricane Matthew which tore through the Bahamas in 2016.
Story by: Kay-Marie Fletcher
Earth Day celebrations
#TurksandCaicos, March 31, 2023 – Earth Day is coming up on April 22, 2023, and the Department of Environment and Coastal resources is hosting a poetry competition for TCI youth to mark the event.
Students of all ages are encouraged to write a sonnet to celebrate the TCI’s natural beauty; the winning poem will be published in the Times of the Island Magazine.
The deadline for poems to be submitted is April 30, 2023, and students should submit their poem via email to email@example.com or in person to any DECR office. Entries must include the student’s name, age and school.
The department promises that there are prizes to be won for the top poets.
April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement 53 years ago and helps demonstrate support for environmental protection. The theme for this year is “Invest In Our Planet.”
This year‘s theme follows years of missed climate action goals by governments globally, including poor climate financing. The Turks and Caicos and other small island developing states are particularly at risk environmentally because of the growing threat of climate change.
Currently the country is working through the Environmental Health Department DECR, Fisheries Department, and more to create sustainable fishing, farming, and marine practices that will benefit the country economically, but also protect its natural flora and fauna.
Projects include sargassum research, coral nurseries to rebuild the country’s coral reef, farming in schools, marine spatial planning to create an effective plan for the use of marine resources, participation in the UK Blue Belt program to protect local marine life, and much more.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
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