Irma: Saint Lucia may be used as evacuation point

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, disclosed Tuesday that there is a possibility that Saint Lucia may be used as an evacuation point, depending on the impact of Hurricane Irma on Guadeloupe and how busy Martinique becomes.

Chastanet explained that he has been meeting with the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA) on the issue.

He  also said he has been meeting with the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA), to see how many hotel rooms  are available.

According to the Prime Minister, the coordination  that would be needed should it become necessary for this country to be used as an evacuation point is also being worked out.

He expressed the view that  Hurricane Irma may possibly be termed the storm of the century, as it bears down on the Leeward Islands and threatens a number of other Islands up the chain to Florida.

Chastanet, who is the current Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), said the sub-regional grouping has been working with the OECS Secretariat here in coordinating efforts.

Earlier Tuesday, meetings were held with representatives of several embassies.

Chastanet was also meeting with representatives of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) and the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce.

He disclosed that the objective was to begin coordinating activities in anticipation of the needs of countries in the strike zone, particularly Antigua and St Kitts.

The Saint Lucia Prime Minister revealed that contact has been made with the British and the French, the Dutch and the French overseas territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe which have military boats on standby.

“What we are preparing for here in Saint Lucia is a first response, because clearly the storm is heading North and unfortunately that may affect the ability of places like Puerto Rico and some of the other countries North of us that would traditionally be able to help us in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane,” Chastanet explained.

He said it is anticipated that the countries in the South, including Saint Lucia,  will have to play a more significant role in the first response.

Chastanet said officials here are working with the SLHTA and the Chamber of Commerce to anticipate what the needs will be and collect materials such as water, clothing and canned food from locals and make sure that they are properly packaged and ready for delivery as quickly as possible to affected persons.

“We are also anticipating that those needs are going to change over a period of time,” he observed.

The PM said that the OECS will be working closely with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

“This hurricane is so large and potentially so devastating that it is going to require a super effort on our part to make sure that we are taking care of everyone,” Chastanet observed.







  1. Anonymous
    September 6, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Wahppen to mate?

    1. Uwp/slp
      September 6, 2017 at 9:09 am

      Move your ads there. Leave the pm alone.

    2. Anonymous
      September 7, 2017 at 2:36 am

      Would you not have appreciated that kind of response St. Lucia was the affected party and your family and children were the ones suffering, homeless hungry and possibly injured? Stop playing the fool on the name of political colour. Damnit already.

  2. Lucianman101
    September 6, 2017 at 8:28 am

    We in the eastern caribbean have to look out for each other because we never know when we will need to rely on our neighbouring island hospitalilty

  3. Anonymous
    September 6, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Allen you need to shut your stinking mouth…cus every time u open it to speak u upsetting me

  4. Anonymous
    September 6, 2017 at 8:58 am

    You can barely take care of the little you have here you trying to make room to bring more you right ee dont go an fix up the micoud secondary for people to send their kids to school

  5. Anonymous
    September 6, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Its so funny when a storm hit here the government barely want to clean the gutters. People loose their homes and have to fend for themselfs but we are able to open all doors for others. Not saying we should open the doors just saying it should be both ways.

  6. Anon1
    September 6, 2017 at 9:20 am

    But the not too bright PM said the country is broke!

    Where’s the money coming to co-ordinate this if the need arises.

    Guadeloupe is a French state, France has way more resources than we do.

    Now if its a case that the French Government approached the Lucian Government to say if the need arises we have earmarked 10 Mill EUROS to assist with any potential displaced French citizens to be evacuated to St Lucia.

    I guess if we didn’t write off $20M in unpaid taxes to Sandals we would be in better position to help.

  7. Anonymous
    September 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

    A bunch of stupid comments

  8. no
    September 6, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Instead of complaining, WHY don’t you clean the gutters by yourself? I can not stand people just waiting for the government to do something, while drinking rum and complaining. Same for those praying. Never pray more for something than you can work for it. It is up to everybody to DO something, clean the gutter, start cutting rotten branches, also for your neighbors, the elderly, and even in the nearby bush.

  9. Anonymous
    September 6, 2017 at 10:11 am

    What you make happen for others (good) God makes it happen for you but it maybe in a different format. Remain positive and care for your neigbouring islands Mr. Prime Minister for St. Lucia’s blessings from the Lord upon the people. Maybe because of this love for the neighboring islands God protected us. Check what is happening in St. Marteen

  10. Anon
    September 6, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Allen just talking as usual…we need to evacuate Allen Chastenet out of St. Lucia for good. First response….we hardly have health facilities to care for our very own and you talking crap..chupse. We can barely even afford to help people right here after we ourselves have had a disaster and he talking about first response. Allen don’t embarrass yourself by offering what you cannot deliver!

  11. Patriot
    September 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Ignaramouses…leave the prime minister alone….for y’all the doing nothing good… Please realize y’all are bringing down shame on our little HELEN….no respect…. Leave color alone… And look beyond party….look at the glass half full…stop being a copy cat and think for yourselves… and by the way ….Give thanks to the almighty tty hay HELEN is being passed by and spared the catastrophe… .and get off the man’s back…oops i mean the P.M. bare in mind I am stating clearly I am no party hack…but a Helen hack.. .so if I have to oppose the government for something .. I will do it but with respect and not plastering hatred and disrespect all over social media

  12. Hawk Eye
    September 6, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Those who are against the PM from opening our doors to those affected by Irma are wicked, heartless and Godless. What’s about if Irma had hit St. Lucia instead with winds up to 185 mph? What state would ST. Lucia be in now? Would you not welcome help from those who offer? Those godless St. Lucians would eventually incur the wrath of God and cause Him to to bring greater disaster on this Island and NO one would rescue them. However GOD forbid that this should happen for the sake of wise and God fearing St. Lucians.

  13. Hawk Eye
    September 6, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    The dirty comments which are made are done by disgruntled SLP supporters.

  14. honeybee
    September 6, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    U fool today is st marteen and tomorrow may be ours , don’t forget there are more coming behind u big fool , u better turn to The father he alone that can spears us and stop being political and lets start praying for each other, let’s stop the hateing

  15. Anonymous
    September 6, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Honeybee. If you were not political as well you would not consider the person a fool. It takes a fool to answer a fool.

    1. Anonymous
      September 7, 2017 at 2:40 am

      That mustt mean you and i are both fools too, since you answered and call them afool, and I’m happily answrting you too call you the dimmest of fimwits, without one original thought to your name.

  16. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 6, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I know Allen has a big mouth, and always put the cart before the horse. But people have to understand, that everyone on Barbuda can move to Saint Lucia tomorrow, and there’d be no questions asked, cause we have an economic union…fools.

    All for one, and one for all!

  17. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 8:25 am

    you people are thinking wrong. yall should asking yourselves, how is it going to affect you as a St. Lucian. whatever action is taken on behave of the country has an effect somewhere.

    now my problem with St. Lucians they make their lives too political. Those politicians eat and drink together and what you do is fight down each other. youll need to fight against the politics and not yourselves. come together and demand what is yours. forget politics, there is nothing beneficial when it comes to politics. Lucians give up so easily and settle for crap and then complain about it. its time to stop complaining cause too much energy is being spent on it. know things for yourself. we have a weak p.m, making decisions and asking questions after. but thats what you have so deal with it.

  18. Dread.
    September 7, 2017 at 9:22 am

    As a form of support and aid I can understand with sending canned goods and whatever supplies we have available, but to have more ppl brought into the country is a little crazy. Seeing how difficult it is to mentain the country’s needs is what concerns me. If what the Prime minister says about not having funds to fix and mentain the island is true then bringing more ppl over here is not a wish choice where are the funds coming from Mr. Prime minister.

  19. Anonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I can t understand with most of u and your opinions .Most of the countries hit there are St Lucians there . Our sisters brothers a cousin and aunt somebody relating to us . I wish i could go to Anguilla righr now and take my little nephews and nieces. So if u dont have something good to say please b quiet

    1. Anonymous
      September 7, 2017 at 11:01 am

      try to understand this! are you volunteering to pay their fares? i dont see anything wrong in bringing our fellow St. Lucians home, at least they can stay by a family member, but what about the other persons? will you house them? will you pay their hotel room? where is the money coming from to pay for this? what is going to be scarified to make this possible? good idea but the execution is a bit extreme for a struggling country.

    2. Anonymous
      September 7, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Best comment thus far. Compassionate and genuine like a true Lucian. All these people in here sounding like selfish suckers. If my grand mother was like them she would never have gave birth to 11 kids and adopted 45 youngsters. That is the difference some look to get while others look to give. Anela Fontenelle n grand dad Johnson Fontenelle taught me this and hopefully someone reading can get some inspiration from sharing and caring nature exemplified by my grand parents from humble country living in Saltibus, Micoud and Culdesac. Its our duty to help our neighbors, family and friends in times of need. Period. Grow a heart and start caring people. Its godly. Che Nava. Piton own.

  20. Dread.
    September 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

    The government is saying the country is broke… we’ve got some hotels only at 20% and no tourism board or authority or agency or whatever its called… is this your plan to fill up the hotels!? Wait for a disaster and tell people to come over? You’re wasting our tax money on useless things over and over again when our kids are begging to be employed, fed, educated. Yeah lets help out and lend a hand OF COURSE, but maybe there are better things to be spending OUR money on. But well done on trying to look good to the rest of the islands. Nothing you do is in the best interest of the island and it’s people, you do things to pamper your personal needs for favours in your later on endeavours we as a nation see right through you. For once be a leader and help your nation succeed instead of trying to bleed us out for your personal pleasure. (Words deleted)

  21. Annonymous
    September 7, 2017 at 9:54 am

    The government is saying the country is broke… we’ve got some hotels only at 20% and no tourism board or authority or agency or whatever its called… is this your plan to fill up the hotels!? Wait for a disaster and tell people to come over? You’re wasting our tax money on useless things over and over again when our kids are begging to be employed, fed, educated. Yeah lets help out and lend a hand OF COURSE, but maybe there are better things to be spending OUR money on. But well done on trying to look good to the rest of the islands…

  22. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 9:51 am

    We have little but those affected have even less. It’s right for us to help but the question is ‘how’. We best not take too long on that question too as people affected will be thirsty, hungry and starting to get diseased very soon. I would like to see though, how our response and offer of help is complimented by the British Government who owe it to their colonies to respond and in a big way. Eg; Britain has enough ships and aircraft to evacuate 1600 persons from Barbuda in short order. They are also part of the EU so ships from France etc can also be used. So in my view, it’s good that our government is extending a hand to help but perhaps that help can be supported and funded by the British government.

  23. John J
    September 8, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    PARASIDIOT: Typical labour supporter who is both a PARASITE and an uniformed IDIOT