The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, is well into its disaster awareness campaign, by staging an exhibition featuring its Emergency Support Function groups and other public-private partners. On Saturday, June 23, 2018, despite the intermittent downpour of rain – the grounds of the Gladstone Road and NEMA’s Way headquarters came alive with an array of display showcasing wide-ranging services and functions of the disaster committee. A Junkanoo Rush-out by Valley Performance Stars, live entertainment by Scorched Conch Rake ‘N Scrape Band and a Kiddies Corner complemented the exhibition. The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season – June 1 to November 30 – calls for 14 named storms, 7 hurricanes and 3 at category 3 or higher. NEMA has been advising the public of the need to be prepared for any disaster, natural or manmade; the focus of the message: “Be Disaster Resilient. Be Prepared” in June with a
a number of activities.
On Sunday, June 3, the national church service was held at the New Providence Community Church on Blake Road, where members of the national disaster consultative committee worshiped along with Prime Minister Dr the Hon Hubert A Minnis and his wife Patricia, both members of that church. Director of NEMA, Captain Stephen Russell noted that NEMA has longed moved to focus on comprehensive disaster management, in keeping with regional and international protocols and best practices. NEMA also conducted community walk-a-bouts in New Providence in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Those communities visited were in the Marshall Road and vicinity, and Jubilee and Victoria Gardens. Plans are underway to continue these activities. Other awareness activities were A National Hurricane Readiness Table Top Exercise, Community Presentations on Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness, appearances on TV and radio talk shows. And on Saturday, June 30 a Fun Run/Walk will take place – beginning at NEMA at 6:30am. The 2018 storm names: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.