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Updated forecast still shows above-normal hurricane season, NEMA maximising preparation efforts


by Eulana Weekes

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): It is the second month of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has ramped up preparations for the hurricane season, which has been predicted to be an active one.

So far, NEMA has informed the public of the Disaster Management District Managers on St Kitts and their assistants. These are a team of volunteers responsible for disaster preparedness in designated areas or districts. St. Kitts has been subdivided into eight Disaster Management Districts, similar in demarcation to the eight Electoral Boundaries.

The District Manager for Number 1 is Mr. Rhon Boddie, assisted by Hester Rawlins. In District 2, the Manager is Vincent Fough, with assistance from Sydney Bridgewater. For District 3, the Manager is Damian Weekes, assisted by Livingston Huggins. In District 4, the manager is Derrick Boone, assisted by Corinne Small. Meanwhile, the district manager for Number 5 is Travis Douglas, with assistance from Shorn Edwards. Terry Morris is the District Manager for Number 6, and his assistant is Joseph Richardson. For District 7, the manager is Maurice Benjamin with assistance from Warren Thompson, and in Number 8, the District Manager is Ralda Claxton, whilst his assistant is Patricia Nurse-Clarke.

The managers are expected to oversee the affairs of Shelters, identify vulnerable people in their communities and ensure that all who need help are assisted, amongst other things.

On Tuesday, June 21, a three-day Shelters & Shelter Management and Psychosocial First Aid Workshop was convened by The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). This was in collaboration with the USAID Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance. The workshop was specifically geared to expose participants to the principles, practices and procedures involved in the shelter management process and methods to assist individuals in need of psychosocial assistance.

The staff of NEMA, members of the St. Kitts & Nevis Defence Force, the St. Kitts-Nevis Fire & Rescue Services and the Royal St. Christopher & Nevis Police Force participated in the Workshop.

The Colorado State University on (July 7) released an updated forecast. It is still forecasting a well-above-average hurricane season.

At this point in the hurricane season, sea surface temperatures across the Caribbean are above normal. The possibility of major hurricanes also remains above normal, with the likelihood of them making landfall.


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