Shelters Ready For Tropical Disturbance- Mullin

NODS Director Philmore Mullin

Cabinet Notes

The Cabinet invited the Head of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) to report on the level of readiness of the shelters, the supplies and the communication devices that are necessary in order to safeguard populations during the passage of a storm or hurricane.

Philmore Mullin reported to the Cabinet on the number of shelters that have been identified and the readiness of those 46 shelters across Antigua and Barbuda, in the era of the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone hoping to utilize a shelter during the passage of a storm or hurricane will be required to undergo a temperature check, to be questioned by a health professional, and to provide certain information that will determine whether that person stays in the shelter or is transported to a bio-secure center such as the Infectious Disease Center (IDC) at the old Holberton Hospital.

Anyone who may be infected has to be isolated from those who are not. Each person will be provided a mask and will be compelled to wear the same, except when sleeping. Within the shelters, households/families will be assigned spaces that reflect their numbers; and the families will be placed at least six feet apart from others. Cots, mattresses, blankets, cleaning supplies including hand sanitizers, are in sufficient supply to safeguard the populations within the shelters.

In Barbuda, the NODS reported that the designated shelter is in a state of readiness with sufficient flashlights, sheeting, blankets and beds. A generator has been repaired at he same fisheries complex. A satellite phone is to be supplied as well as VHF sets and hand-held sets to ensure effective communication. Tarpaulin is also at the ready, and sheets of plywood are being stored for distribution following the passage of the storm or hurricane to those whose homes may be damaged by high winds.