The Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), Velda Joseph, has warned Saint Lucians to be on guard and not be complacent as Jose strengthened into a category 2 hurricane on Thursday.
“We know the imminence of Jose out in the Atlantic and we have just seen how much devastation a hurricane can cause, so we really want and hope that our people will take a lesson from that,” Joseph told St Lucia Times.
She said she was still hearing the slogan that Saint Lucia is ‘blessed’.
“We need to know that anything could happen at anytime – these systems are developing. It is an active season and we really ought to be prepared for any system that could come our way or for that matter, any hazard that will impact us, ” Joseph observed.
She said preparation is not only for a hurricane Irma or a hurricane Jose.
“We are preparing to ensure that we are ready, we are resilient and we can withstand the impact of any event that Saint Lucia is vulnerable to – that should be the key message: Preparedness all year round,” the NEMO official told St Lucia Times.
She asserted that Saint Lucia must get to the point where when warnings are issued, they are taken very seriously.
“If you are asked to stay away from the Ocean because we expect high tides, we expect persons to stay away. At the end of the day it is about safety – your personal safety, and you ought to be responsible for your own personal safety, to ensure that you safeguard yourself, your family and your hard earned property,” Joseph explained.