The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is hoping for the best while ‘preparing for the worst’, in relation to La Soufrière Volcano in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
That’s according to a Communiqué issued Friday after an Emergency Meeting of the OECS Authority the previous day.
The meeting was convened to discuss the particular challenges experienced by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
There have been recent effusive eruptions at the country’s La Soufrière.
There are also continued concerns over seismic activity from Mount Pelée in Martinique.
On Tuesday, the alert level was raised from ‘Green’ to ‘Orange’ for La Soufrière Volcano.
According to the Communiqué from the emergency OECS Authority meeting, the Orange alert meant that Saint Vincent and the Grenadines needed to activate processes in the unlikely event that the situation would change and the alert level moved to ‘Red’.
In thanking the Member States of the OECS for their support, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves confirmed that he had gotten expressions of support from many, including colleague Heads of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
“OECS Member States pledged over three thousand rooms for accommodation and would continue to assess their accommodation capacities should more rooms be needed to be made available, as they remained on standby, hoping for the best but preparing for the worst,” Friday’s Communiqué stated,
It disclosed that member states pledged support of personnel, air, sea and land transportation among offers of practical assistance.
According to the statement, the Authority remains on standby and in total and absolute solidarity with Martinique, where a yellow alert has been issued for Mount Pelée volcano.
It noted that OECS Member States were assured that science does not suggest a connection between eruptions being triggered along the underwater volcanic chain of the OECS archipelago as a result of possible volcanic activities in Martinique and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Activities in other volcanoes in Member States are more likely to be linked to tectonic plate movements triggered by earthquakes and not the effusive eruptions currently being experienced in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, it was disclosed.