Jose: NEMO Director warns against complacency

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.




  1. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Well said and just hope the St Lucian people listen, the weather is its own boss and does what it likes.

  2. Ikr
    September 8, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I know right. My words exactly. I was just voicing that concern to a friend of mine yesterday. We need to be more proactive and not reactive.

  3. Anonymous
    September 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Well said…. What makes us so special and so blessed that hurricanes can’t touch us? Some say we pray alot – aren’t persons in St Martin, Barbuda, pray maybe much more than we St. Lucians. It’s because of the mercy of God we have been spared and in so doing there are lessons to be learnt but the question is are we learning them. St Lucians need to get their heads out of the cloud because we are a sinful ppl needing God’s forgiveness just like any other nation. We commit the same sins of sodom and gomorra even today – so tell me what makes us so special. We still rape and murder like we give life, we still steal, commit incest, fornication, adultery……. So pls let’s just thank God for his mercies and grace towards us all.

    1. Anonymous
      September 8, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      With climate change the tracts of these hurricanes have moved further north. We are not special or blessed just lucky as far as hurricanes are concerned.

      1. Pimuhn
        September 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm

        You have data to support that? Or, you think it makes you look good to throw uninformed statements out there. Harvey did pass over SLU and the lower Caribbean when he started, so whats your point. Its folks like you that Ms. Joseph is referring to, those who take preparatory warnings for granted.

      2. Anonymous
        September 8, 2017 at 4:15 pm

        There is always one genius out there who would bite at a baited hock.

      3. PublicityBag
        September 8, 2017 at 5:14 pm

        I love the debate

    2. Very True
      September 9, 2017 at 11:36 am

      I have said that too. We have people here who say ‘It will pass north’ and make no preparations for ‘just in case’. They never buy candles or even a pack of salted biscuit. Still they continue to buy tickets for concerts.

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