Caines: Jose sill being monitored
Bermuda’s Emergency Measure’s Organisation continues to closely monitor Hurricane Jose, according the Minister of National Security.
Wayne Caines, who is also the chairman of the EMO, said the organisation had been closely monitoring the storm — as well as Hurricane Irma — throughout the week.
The latest indications, Mr Caines said, suggested a “strong possibility” of Jose turning south away from Bermuda.
“I want to assure Bermuda that the EMO is prepared and stands ready to convene should Hurricane Jose’s forecasted track change to pose a serious threat to Bermuda,” Mr Caines said.
“However at this stage it is extremely critical to remind residents that we are in the throes of a very active and very unpredictable storm season.”
Mr Caines said that this year’s storm season had already seen “historically powerful” hurricanes cause “unprecedented devastation and destruction”.
“We cannot stress enough about the importance of residents being prepared in the event of a serious storm,” he said.
He encouraged members of the public to follow regular updates provided by the Bermuda Weather Service in conjunction with the National Hurricane Center. The next tropical weather updates on Hurricane Jose will be provide at midnight tonight and 6.00am tomorrow from the BWS.
The public is also encouraged to ensure that they can receive the Emergency Broadcast Station, which is currently operational, on 100.1FM.
Residents are also encourage to take the following storm preparedness measures:
Securing homes and checking storm shutters
Having the necessary supply of batteries, including a back-up battery/power supply for mobile phones
Having at least a two weeks’ supply of medications for oneself, other family members and pets
Updating first aid kits
Checking gas canisters
Having non-perishable food supplies on hand
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