May is observed as Disaster Preparedness Month. The month began with a church service at the St. Agnes Anglican Church on Sunday. Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius Smith was in attendance along with Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Myles Laroda; Chairman of the Disaster Reconstruction Authority, Alex Storr; Director of the National Emergency Management Agency, Captain Stephen Russell and other representatives of government agencies with related responsibilities.

Minister Laroda told congregants, “many of us don’t realize that 70% of the population of The Bahamas resides here and we have been very fortunate that the smaller islands, to their detriment, has suffered damage. We would not want a Hurricane Dorian or something like that to hit New Providence.”

The Governor General also addressed the gathering saying, “have you thought for a moment what will happen to our country if our capital city, where the seat of government resides, where the majority of our citizens live, and sadly where many of the homes are compromised. This is serious my friends.

The 2023 hurricane season begins on June 1st.