NEMO Prepares for Worst as Hurricane Beryl Churns in the Caribbean Sea

NEMO Prepares for Worst as Hurricane Beryl Churns in the Caribbean Sea

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has begun to prepare for the worst. The organization commenced preparations at its shelters and district facilities, and convened with all its district committees earlier today.  Come tomorrow, all chapters will be in full force for a nationwide activation.  As we keep pointing out, it is yet to be determined what level of winds and rain we can expect, but the National Emergency Coordinator, Daniel Mendez, is advising citizens to err on the side of caution.

Captain Daniel Mendez, National Emergency Coordinator, NEMO: “All of the NEMO operational committees will be meeting starting tomorrow in order for us to start to develop and to update and implement the plans that are necessary for the arrival of this storm. We will continue to do preparations across the country. We are ensuring that stocks at our warehouses are updated and that we are preparing for the arrival of this on sometime on Friday. We continue to encourage the public to prepare. We encourage, we highly encourage people who are living in low-lying areas or areas that are flood prone to consider early evacuation, to start moving in advance as this develops. As the chief meteorologist had said, there’s a large area of uncertainty, but we cannot wait until it’s too late. And so we encourage early preparation as soon, get these things done as soon as possible. So for your own businesses, for your families, start to make those preparations in advance. Start to collect your, get your things, start to implement those plans. And if you don’t have a plan, you need to start doing this as soon as possible. We are prepared across the country. As the days go by, we will know more with more certainty where this hurricane will be impacting and then we’ll be able to provide more and more precise information and updates as the days near continue.”

While authorities will have a clearer picture of Hurricane Beryl’s impact by Wednesday evening, NEMO says individuals should begin making decisions based on their surroundings. Mendez stressed that the organization cannot force residents to visit shelters but encourages people to assess their homes before it is too late. 

Captain Daniel Mendez, National Emergency Coordinator, NEMO: “While we can’t tell you to go out and start to purchase, what we can tell you is that ensure you have a plan. You know where to go. Again, with this great degree of uncertainty for us to say, yes, you need to go and purchase these things that you need to go stock up I think it would be too early to say. I will say, however, that you must know what to do. You must know where to go. And you must have some sort of plan. And you cannot wait until the last minute. We do have a few days more before the arrival of this and so we do have to start taking those measures individually, personally, within your business, and within your all organizations. If you know you’re living in an area that is flooded normally, like, if we get excess rainfall from this event, you know that this is going to be affecting you. So you need to know what, make those preparations and so prepare your home, start to prepare, you know, if you need to seek shelter know where you’re going to be going. If you are living on the islands, you know it is an area that there’s a potential that this may impact you, start to leave on your own. It can get very difficult if you wait for too long. If you wait until the last minute you may not get space on a boat if there is an evacuation that is required. So it is really important to take these steps now and take them early and really and just keep in communication with the med service, with NEMO, listen to the advisors and listen to all the information coming out, but use that information and take action.”

NEMO will have daily press briefs this week, which you can tune into here on Love FM. 

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