Barbadians are once again being urged to take hurricane preparedness seriously and to start their preparations for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season early.
This warning has come from the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), which says locals should take note of the increased activity in the region in 2017 and predictions of an above average season for 2018.
Forecasters say 14 storms, seven hurricanes and three major hurricanes are expected for the June – November season.
“After what we were faced with last year, people are more aware that this too can happen to us – we are prone to any disaster,” said DEM library assistant Antoinette Clarke this morning at the Talius Barbados Hurricane Preparedness Expo.
Speaking with Barbados TODAY, she encouraged Barbadians to continue to make the necessary preparations in light of the expected heightened activity.
“We have time to prepare, don’t wait until you hear there is something out there, we should be prepared all now,” she added.
Meanwhile. DEM secretary Audine Lorde said the number of resilient Barbadian homes is steadily rising but there is still room for improvement.
“There are some people’s home that would be able to survive a hurricane, but we want to make sure that the population gets a chance to at least ensure that, if not the whole house, there is a room they can survive in before they seek another avenue like a hurricane shelter,” she added.
General Manager of Talius Barbados Andrew Gittens said there has been a demand for the company’s products in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“We have gotten a lot of requests from the other islands,” said Gittens, who disclosed that he recently visited Tortola to observe the rebuilding efforts there.
“They are still devastated and there is a lot of work to be done on that island and the season has already started,” he continued.