Montserrat Observes World Tsunami Awareness Day.

Although no activities have been planned to mark the day, the Disaster Management Coordination, DMCA continues to erect warning, evacuation route and rendezvous points signs on all beaches on the western coastlines of Montserrat. Knowing the warning signs and the right action to take can help save lives.

Montserrat has been impacted by tsunamis in the past. There have been three occasions when collapses of the dome entered the sea and generated tsunamis on Montserrat.

They are the December 26, 1997 collapse in White River valley that generated a small tsunami in Old Road Bay and the collapses on July 13, 2003, and May 20, 2006, that, generated wave heights around the Tar River Valley up to 6-8 metres.

These tsunamis were very localised and would not have been seen at other locations.

World Tsunami Day is observed annually on November 5. The theme for this year is “Early Warning and Early Action Before Every Tsunami”. Tsunamis can be deadly, but they needn’t be. Early warning and early action are effective tools to protect people, save lives, and prevent the hazard from becoming a disaster.

Showers and Thunderstorms Expected to continue across Montserrat today, Saturday, 5 November 2022, as a result of Moisture and Instability associated with a Low Pressure Area in the Caribbean Sea!

Please continue to monitor DMCA Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media sites and our website http://dmca.gov.ms for daily weather updates, public advisories and warnings and information on the wide range of natural and man-made hazards that have the potential to impact Montserrat.

Disclaimer: The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is the national body responsible for coordinating the management of emergencies and disasters in Montserrat, and is not an official Meteorological Agency. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources utilized by the DMCA and the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services, the agency responsible for aviation weather products and services for Montserrat.

Home Visits and Backyard Searches were Conducted in Look Out and Judie Piece on Saturday to locate Mary Bruno, but, unfortunately, there’s still no sign of the missing vulnerable woman of Look Out!

Yellow Hill – Sunday, 30 October 2022 – The Joint Search and Rescue team which included staff from the Social Services Department conducted home visits and backyard searches in Look Out and Judie Piece on Saturday, 29 October 2022, to find Mary Bruno of Look Out, who was last seen on Sunday, 23 October 2022, between 6:30 and 7:00 am at the entrance of the Look Out junction.

The Joint Search and Rescue team has conducted extensive searches in Look Out, Judie Piece, Blakes Estate, Drummonds, St John’s and surrounding areas for eight straight days to locate Mary, but still no sign of her.

Officials at the Montserrat Fire and Rescue Services (MFRS) have serious concerns about the welfare of Miss Bruno, who suffers from a medical condition and requires urgent medical attention.

The MFRS is therefore appealing for public assistance to help locate Mary by checking their premises and basements as well as any abandoned houses and buildings and open areas nearby for any possible sightings of Mary.

Miss Bruno, who resides at the Look Out Warden Support Unit, is described as short and fat and brown in complexion. She was last seen wearing a green blouse and blue skirt.

The Joint Search and Rescue team comprised the Montserrat Fire and Rescue Services (MFRS), the Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF), the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA), the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) and Social Services Department.

Anyone with information about Mary Bruno is urged to immediately contact 491-2555, 491-2556, 999 or 911. Information is treated in strict confidence.

Police Vessel MV Heliconia Star conducted an Extensive Shoreline Search in the area on Friday which included Drone Rescue Search Efforts to locate Mary Bruno, but still no signs of the missing vulnerable woman of Look Out!

Yellow Hill – Saturday, 29 October 2022 –  As of today, Saturday, 29 October 2022, the Joint Search and Rescue team is still trying to locate Mary Bruno, following an extensive shoreline search on Friday, 28 October 2022, by the Police vessel MV Heliconia Star on the eastern coast from Look Out to Trants Village which included rescue drone search efforts.

The Joint Search and Rescue team has been actively searching for 7 days now for Mary Bruno of Look Out, who was last seen on Sunday, 23 October 2022, between 6:30 and 7:00 am at the entrance of the Look Out junction.

Officials of the Montserrat Fire and Rescue Services (MFRS) are extremely concerned about the welfare of Miss Bruno and are further appealing to residents to be vigilant and to check their premises and basements as well as any abandoned houses and buildings and open areas nearby for any possible sightings of Mary.

Miss Bruno, who is described as short and fat and brown in complexion was last seen wearing a green blouse and blue skirt. Miss Bruno, who resides at the Look Out Warden Support Unit suffers from a medical condition and requires urgent medical attention.

The Joint Search and Rescue team comprised the Montserrat Fire and Rescue Services (MFRS), the Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF), the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) and the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS).

Anyone with information about Mary Bruno is asked to contact 491-2555, 491-2556, 999 or 911 immediately.

MFRS Appeals for Assistance as Search for a Missing Vulnerable Woman of Look Out continues into the fourth day!

As of Wednesday, 26th October 2022, ongoing search efforts are continuing including the use of a drone, after an exhausting three days of searching for missing Mary Bruno of Look Out, who was last seen on Sunday, 23 October 2022, between 06:30 and 07:00 am at the entrance of the Look Out junction.

Officials of the Montserrat Fire and Rescue Services (MFRS) are extremely concerned about the welfare of Miss Bruno and are appealing to residents to be vigilant and to check their premises and basements as well as any abandoned houses and buildings and open areas nearby for any possible sightings of Mary.

Miss Bruno, who is described as short and fat and brown in complexion was last seen wearing a green blouse and blue skirt. Miss Bruno, who resides at the Look Out Warden Support Unit suffers from a medical condition and requires urgent medical attention.

The joint search and rescue team comprised the Montserrat Fire and Rescue Services (MFRS), the Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF) and the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA).

Anyone with information about Mary Bruno is asked to contact 491-2555, 491-2556, 999 or 911 immediately.

Joint Search and Rescue Mission continues here for a missing vulnerable woman of Look Out for the third day!

A joint search and rescue team involving members of the Montserrat Fire and Rescue Services (MFRS), Royal Montserrat Defence Force (RMDF) and the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) continues to search for Mary Bruno of Look Out, who has been missing since Sunday, 23 October 2022.

The Search and rescue team have been augmented by the usage of a drone operated by Technicians at the DMCA, equipped with a thermal camera that can fly in certain unfavourable conditions and difficult terrain, which will greatly assist in the search for missing Mary Bruno.

Mary Bruno who resides at the Look Out Warden Support Unit was last seen between 06:30 and 07:00 am at the entrance of Look Out junction.

Miss Bruno, who is described as short and fat and brown in complexion was last seen wearing a green blouse and blue skirt.

Miss Bruno suffers from a medical condition and requires urgent medical attention.

If anyone has seen her or has any information please call 491- 2555, 491-2556, 999 or 911.

8AM Update: Three Tropical Disturbances in the Atlantic and in the eastern Caribbean, respectively; None of the systems pose an immediate threat to Montserrat – DMCA Monitors Tropical Disturbance 3!

Yellow Hill – Tuesday, 25 August 2022 – The Disaster Management Coordination Agency, DMCA is monitoring Tropical Disturbance 3 over the Eastern Caribbean sea which has been given a 20% chance of development in five days. Tropical Disturbances 1 and 2 are located southeast of Bermuda and over the South Atlantic north of Puerto Rico, respectively. None of the systems poses an immediate threat to Montserrat, and there are no watches or warnings issued for the island.

Tropical Disturbance 3 – An area of low pressure could form over the eastern Caribbean Sea by early this weekend. Gradual development of this system is expected as the low drifts westward or west-northwestward over the eastern Caribbean this weekend. The system has a 0% chance of formation in the next two days and, a 20% chance of development in the next five days.

The DMCA is urging residents and visitors to pay close attention to information issued by the DMCA and be vigilant as the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane season is not over yet.

DMCA will continue to monitor Tropical Disturbance 3 and provide regular updates throughout the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

DMCA Observes International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction today!

A natural event occurring is just a matter of ‘when’; bringing to light the importance of risk reduction and mitigation in reducing the impact of natural hazards on life, limb and property in Montserrat.

It is in this context, the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) underscores the significance of raising awareness of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction held annually on Thursday, 13 October 2022.

This year, the theme is Target G of the Sendai Framework: “Substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to people by 2030.”

The day will focus primarily on “increasing efficiencies through stronger coordination to address early warning systems for multiple hazards”.

Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems are critical in supporting disaster risk management (DRM) in Montserrat and strengthening community resilience to save lives. Therefore, the DMCA recognizes the importance of Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems in ensuring vulnerable people, including senior citizens, children, and the disabled are not left behind when a warning is issued.

Although Montserrat has a national early warning system (sirens), we still have a long way to go in terms of having it customized for multiple hazards on Montserrat for different groups to meet their specific needs to reduce harm and speed up recovery.

To this end, the Disaster Management Coordination Agency is looking at upgrading its current early warning system, to communicate swiftly and effectively with the citizens of Montserrat before, during and after an emergency, an incident or a hazard event.

The DMCA has embarked on a project to develop a DMCA Alerting App for iPhone and Android smartphones in three different languages designed to notify and communicate emergency information and assist residents in Montserrat to be prepared for emergencies, incidents and hazard events and to report an emergency.

Plans are also in the pipeline to reintroduce the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) system that gives the DMCA the ability to provide timely, efficient, actionable and people-centric early warning on multiple platforms at the push of a button.

In recognition of the occasion, the DMCA will host a panel discussion on ZJB Radio at 12: 15 p.m. on Disaster Risk Reduction in the Montserrat context. The guest speakers will be Operations and Logistics Officer at the DMCA Kelvin White and TiVonne Howe who is pursuing PhD studies in Volcanology. During that time, two individuals will have an opportunity to each win an emergency preparedness gift kit.

Additionally in marking the day, the DMCA has implemented an “Adopt-a-Class programme” in which Grade 6 students of the Brades Primary School will visit the DMCA to get a firsthand view of a demonstration test of the early warning systems (sirens), learn about disaster risk reduction and participate in an earthquake and tsunami drills. A different class will be selected yearly to participate in the programme from the three primary schools on the island.

During the demonstration, the public will hear the sirens and public address announcements. Residents and visitors are asked not to be alarmed as it is just a demonstration to test the capability of the sirens messaging platform.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is a timely reminder to ensure that each of us is prepared for hazardous events as preparedness is our best defence against emergencies, incidents or natural events.” Our risks can be reduced with good preparation.

“Early warning saves lives and can cut the ensuing damage by 30 per cent.”

Air Quality Across Montserrat drops to Moderate levels today Wednesday, 12 October 2022, due to the presence of Saharan Dust particles in the Atmosphere!

According to an Air Quality Alert issued by the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services today Wednesday, the air quality has fallen to moderate levels as a result of particulate matters 2.5 and 10, associated with a fresh surge in the Saharan Dust. The threat of health problems is elevated, for mainly unusually sensitive people, such as asthmatics, and could potentially cause them limited health impacts.

Therefore, active children and adults, and, people with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is advising residents who are unusually sensitive to dust particles to remain extra vigilant due to moderate concentrations of Saharan dust in the atmosphere! Residents with respiratory issues such as asthma should keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.

The DMCA is further advising residents to limit dust entering their system as best as possible by using masks and protective eyewear. Any masks that filter small particles should be worn such as a surgical mask, N95 and KN95 when going outside.

Timing: Until Thursday.


Air quality index: 51 to 60

Alert Level: II

Sensitive groups: People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children are the groups most at risk.

Health implications: Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants, there may be moderate health concerns for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

Continue to monitor DMCA Facebook, Instagram and Twitter social media sites and our website http://dmca.gov.ms for daily weather updates, public advisories and warnings and information on the wide range of natural and man-made hazards that have the potential to impact Montserrat

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