Saint Lucia is to reassess building codes and hurricane shelters in light of the devastation caused in the Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian.
Infrastructure Minister Stephenson King told reporters Tuesday that in light of what transpired in the Bahamas and considering the intensity of hurricanes now, preparation has to be made for even more intense weather systems that can strike at any time.
King, who is also responsible for Ports, Energy and Labour, noted that weather systems are now packing winds of 200 mph but moving at about 5 mph.
“That is dangerous, so we now need to look at the new building codes in terms of which schools – not any school can be a hurricane shelter,” the Castries North MP explained.
“Not any building can be a hurricane shelter,” King stated.
He told reporters that now, in the planning of local buildings, there is need to develop building codes.
The former Prime Minister spoke of the need to identify specific buildings in designated locations that can serve as hurricane shelters.