Call to prepare for hurricanes – the Royal Gazette

Updated: May 29, 2021 08:08 AM

Curtis Richardson (file photo by Blaire Simmons)

Now is the time to prepare for the next hurricane season, the junior minister of national security said.

Speaking in the Senate on Wednesday, Curtis Richardson, a government senator whose portfolio also includes health and transportation, urged community members to sign up for the Treefrog mobile app to receive emergency alerts and become familiar with the emergency radio service.

Robin Tucker, opposition senator and shadow minister of Social Development and Seniors, asked how the hearing impaired would have access to information as well as those without an Internet connection.

Mr. Richardson said: “Now is the time to visit vulnerable neighbors to ask if they need help. We have to be careful with our hearing impaired community, they can use the Treefrog app for updates as long as electricity is available. “

He said those without internet could use the emergency broadcast channel.

In preparation for the 2021 season, the emergency broadcast facility, 100.1 fm, has been moved to the new government tower in Prospect. It broadcasts at reduced power and the power will be increased if necessary, said Richardson.

Hurricane Preparedness Week runs from Monday May 31 to Friday June 4. Emergency broadcasts will be broadcast daily at 1:00 p.m. for 30 minutes. There will be a theme each day: personal safety; Family security; Financial security; Strengthen your home; and Community and neighbors.

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