The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) has called for calm amid an explosive eruption of La Soufriere volcano.
And NEMO Director Dorine Gustave wants residents in the South of Saint Lucia to pay attention to air quality issues.
Gustave explained that because of ash fall, people with respiratory problems should pay particular heed.
And she advised that if necessary, they should seek medical attention.
According to the NEMO Director, authorities here have identified shelters for people in the South who may have to move.
The shelters are the Desruisseaux Primary, Anse Ger Secondary, Grande Riviere, Dennery and Stanley Jon Odlum Secondary schools.
“We are also prepared to receive evacuees from Saint Vincent,” the NEMO Director stated.
Gustave said that officials consulted Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet in that decision.
And local officials have already identified shelters for those evacuees.
However, the NEMO Director disclosed that the arrivals will have to adhere to a 14 day quarantine.
Gustave appealed to the public to remain calm and listen to the National Television Network (NTN) for further updates.
” Let us continue to pray and support our brothers in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,” she said.
The “explosive eruption” at La Soufriere began at 8:41 a.m. on Friday according to the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies.
Photos and videos on social media showed plumes of ash reaching up into the sky.