The Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is warning Barbadians about the dangers of causing unnecessary panic by spreading false information on social media during periods of emergency.
Acting Deputy Director Captain Robert Harewood made specific reference to messages that had been circulating last night, which alleged that the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) was shutting down its pumping stations due to the imminent passage of Hurricane Maria.
In a release issued through the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) this evening, Harewood urged persons to be mindful of the consequences of these actions.
The DEM official also advised the public to check credible sources wherever possible, such as the social media sites of the respective agencies or the BGIS, especially during times of national emergencies, before sharing such information on social media.
Earlier today, the National Emergency Operations Centre based at the DEM’s Warrens offices reported that it had received 19 reports of flooding and power outages across the island which were dealt with by the Barbados Light & Power, the Drainage Division and the BWA.