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Jun 11, 2015

How Prepared is NEMO this Hurricane Season?

Godwin Hulse

The rains have started in earnest, and while the 2015 Hurricane Season is forecast as less than average, that does not mean that disaster will not strike. Are we prepared in the event of a hurricane…at least as far as hurricane shelters are concerned? NEMO Minister Godwin Hulse says his Ministry has done as much as it can do given limited finances, but it should be all good if a major catastrophe doesn’t pop up – if it does, then all bets are off.


Godwin Hulse, Minister of NEMO

“The problem with hurricane shelters is that as you know nobody can predict what will come, and there is always limited money. So we go through every year from NEMO inspection of all the shelters and then any repairs or upgrade that needs to be done we do. And if you notice I think we’ve sent to the press a list of shelters so far. We’ve inspected all of them across the country and know what standard they’re in. But God forbid we get a Category Three or four or five, because then we have some disaster. And one of the things we don’t have the money to do and can’t do is to say build all shelters to Category Five. We may never have a Category Five and then the shelter is just there waiting. So what we try to do is use community centres, schools, churches, whatever structure in a village that is solid enough, we incorporate the additional safety and convenience mechanisms to be able to use that in the event of a disaster.”

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