NEMAC holds prestrike meeting as storm approaches

The National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC), held a meeting today to ensure that Saint Lucia is prepared for an approaching weather system.

Minister for Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government, Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute said the meeting was to ensure that this country is prepared for any eventuality.

Montoute said that the authorities are concerned about the system.

“I am being told that the last assessment this morning shows that we are still in the path,” he told reporters.

He recalled that the prediction is that there is a ninety percent chance of the system developing into a cyclone.

Montoute said Saint Lucia would be affected by the system within the next forty-eight hours, beginning in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

He disclosed that authorities will be paying close attention to determine what precautionary steps should be taken.

Montoute said that by 6 pm today there will be definite position on whether schools should be closed and what action the private sector should take.

The Minister is currently acting as Prime Minister.

He recalled that he was also Acting Prime Minister when Hurricane Tomas struck Saint Lucia in October 2010.

The hurricane caused the death of fourteen Saint Lucians and created widespread destruction of infrastructure and personal property.

Montoute also recalled that he was Acting Prime Minister during a period of heavy flooding in Dennery.

“At times like this you have to hold your nerves and provide leadership and that is what I intend to do,” he told reporters.

He disclosed that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, who is off Island, is being kept abreast of local developments.

Chastanet is due to return home on Thursday.


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