However, officials at the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, are warning residents, to prepare and be ready for any eventuality this year, when 9 hurricanes are predicted to visit the Caribbean.
Residents of St. Kitts and Nevis have been cautioned not to be lulled into a false sense of security regarding the potential threat tropical systems continue to pose to the twin-island Federation.
Carl Herbert, Disaster Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said that while Georges’ landfall in 1998 was the last time the Federation was directly hit by hurricane, and Omar’s path impacted the coastline in 2008, the risks of the season are not limited to hurricanes.
The Disaster Coordinator reiterated the call for persons to remove debris from their property, cut overhanging branches, and stock up on non-perishable items and medication. The creation of a disaster kit which includes flashlights, batteries and first aid materials as well as an emergency plan featuring evacuation routes, were also advised.
“It is not only hurricanes that cause much damage but other weather events such as tropical depressions and tropical storms which may be accompanied by large volumes of rainfall,” he stressed, in a broadcast address to the nation. “NEMA calls upon residents to be in a … state of preparedness throughout this six month [Atlantic hurricane season] i.e. June to November.
Experts predict an above average season with 17 named storms. Nine are expected to become hurricanes with five developing into major hurricanes with sustained winds of 111 miles per hour or greater.
NEMA has also distributed an updated list of emergency shelters to the public. Additional information is available at NEMA’s office at Lime Kiln or call 466-5100 or 467-1151.