The National Disaster Management Authority (NaDMA) is doing all in its powers to ensure that proper and correct information is filtered to the wider community during the current Atlantic Hurricane Season through the local media.
During this past week, a public awareness programme on what is in store as part of the preparatory work in the event of a storm or hurricane striking the country that involved all of the radio and television stations took place as part of National Disaster Awareness Week which ends today (Friday June 14).
Through the efforts of NaDMA and the Meteorological Office, weather updates will be made available to the electronic media three times a day during the hurricane season.
The updates will be made available at 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. and at 8:00 p.m. and media houses are being encouraged to use the updates as part of their responsibility to nurture an informed population.
Alerts on the potential for weather formation will also be provided when the systems are in the area.
There are 14 local radio stations, three television stations that carry current affairs news and items, and a cable channel.
NaDMA also has its own radio station which broadcasts on the FM frequency of 107.9 from the moment the country is placed on a weather alert.
The season’s first tropical storm, Andrea was formed last week Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico.
Andrea is the first of 16 Tropical Storms predicted along with eight hurricanes, four of which are expected to be intense.
The rest of the other named storms are Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastian, Tanya, Van and Wendy.
There are already 17 District Committees headed by a Coordinator in place throughout the island.
Hurricane shelters have also been identified and already inspected for use during the season which runs until the end of November.