Emergency shelters named for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

NODS Director Philmore Mullin

Fifty-seven structures have been selected as emergency shelters in Antigua and Barbuda for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

The Ministry of Works has completed the assessment of the buildings, which consist mainly of churches and schools.

The list of shelters also includes the names of the District Disaster Coordinators (DDCs) and their deputies and their contact details.

According to information from the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS), each disaster district, which has the same boundaries as the electoral constituencies, has at least two shelters. This means that every community is not earmarked a shelter.

The emergency shelter list has been shared with the various media houses and has also been posted on the NODS facebook page.

Emergency shelters are managed by representatives from the District Disaster Committee and individuals utilizing these facilities will be required to adhere to a number of guidelines which will be enforced by the shelter management team.

NODS advises that persons going to a shelter should take food, water, personal hygiene items, bedding materials for sleeping purposes, medication, special infant needs, clothing and any other items that may be necessary. Animals, alcohol, illegal drugs and weapons are not allowed.


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  1. This information should have been in the public since the beginning of the hurricane season. Some of these people in certain government job position need to retire and give someone with more update twenty first century knowledge and skills.

  2. Would you have preferred to not know at all. Yes it would’ve been awesome if it were sooner, but better late than never.

  3. I hate to ask…. Have they even visited these shelters to see if the structures are sturdy enough to withstand a hurricane??? Do these shelters have proper bathroom facilities in case of prolonged usage, the threat of disease is minimal….. Come better than this NODS….. Half of these shelters are not even structurally sound

    • U seem quite concerned. Why not channel that concern into action? Volunteer your time and do something about it. Contact NODS to inquire how you can assist your country in this regard.

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