MONTSERRAT DISASTER MANAGEMENT COORDINATION AGENCY – DMCA

PREVENTION MITIGATION PREPAREDNESS RESPONSE AND RECOVERY

RESIDENTS URGE TO START THEIR HURRICANE PREPARATIONS NOW; AS THE START OF THE HURRICANE SEASON IS FAST APPROACHING AMID CORNOAVIRUS CHALLENGES AND FORECASTERS PREDICT A VERY ACTIVE SEASON

by Shirlian Queeley

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season starts June 1st amid the challenges posed by social distancing guidelines put in place to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic on Montserrat. Therefore, preparing for a storm or hurricane this year will be different as a result of the current coronavirus challenges.

You’re probably asking many questions like: How can I repair my roof and leaking windows while maintaining social distancing? What would a hurricane shelter look like if we’re avoiding crowds?

While we all hope that the threat of coronavirus will be over by June 1st, we must prepare for the worst and have a plan.

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Therefore, the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is urging everyone to start preparing their homes and businesses for the hurricane season.

We are going to have to get creative in our preparedness efforts. And the time to start thinking about this is now.

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Sixteen named storms, including eight hurricanes, are forecast for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, according to by experts at Colorado State University in the USA.

Four of the hurricanes will become major storms of Category 3 to 5, with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

Dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic is quite challenging and exhausting, but we cannot let our guards down. You can rebuild your home, but you cannot rebuild your life.

We must keep doing everything we can to take care of each other and protect our families. Don’t wait to take action. Start getting prepared TODAY for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

AN EMERGENCY SUPPLIES KIT IS ESSENTIAL DURING A DISASTER EVENT, INCLUDING A PANDEMIC

by Shirlian Queeley

To be prepared for any pandemic, viral outbreak or natural disaster, you must have an Emergency Supplies Kit. For a family or a group of people, you’ll be much better off over-stocking than going with the bare minimum, and you should always be looking to add to your supply. Get the supplies you need now and keep you and your family safe.

CORONA VIRUS IS EVERYONE'S BUSINESS!

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IT’S AN ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL DAY HERE ON THE EMERALD ISLE, TODAY! A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE AND APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF NATURE WHILST AT HOME SOCIAL DISTANCING

by Shirlian Queeley

THE DMCA ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO CONTINUE TO WEAR MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS IN CROWDED AREAS; PRACTICE BASIC HANDWASHING GUIDELINES & MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS.

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MORE GOOD NEWS FOR MONTSERRAT: ANOTHER TWO (2) INDIVIDUALS HAVE TOTALLY RECOVERED FROM COVID-19, BRINGING THE TOTAL RECOVERIES NOW TO SIX (8); WHILE THE NUMBER OF ACTIVE CASES HAS DECLINED TO ONE (1) – GOD ALMIGHTY IS COMPASSIONATE AND GRACIOUS

by Shirlian Queeley

The Montserrat Ministry of Health and Social Services announced on Friday, May 8th, 2020, the full recovery of two more patients from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and no new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This week the Ministry investigated one suspected case of the disease and results from the CARPHA reference laboratory have confirmed that the sample is negative for COVID-19. The laboratory also confirmed the full recovery of two of the island’s previously confirmed cases. This brings the total recovered to eight (8) and active cases of COVID- 19 now stand at one (1).

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Officials from the Ministry also indicate that the number of persons reporting flu-like symptoms continues to decrease. But, while the evidence of containment continues to grow, the Ministry is cautioning residents to remain faithful in practicing good hygiene.

“The hygienic practices of hand-washing and disinfection emphasized throughout this pandemic are the hallmarks of infection control and will continue to protect the island not just from a resurgence of community spread of COVID-19 but from a host of other infectious diseases,” stated Ministry of Health officials.

RESIDENTS ON MONTSERRAT AND ACROSS THE CARIBBEAN URGED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASES SUCH AS DENGUE FEVER, CHIKUNGUNYA AND ZIKA DESPITE THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

by Shirlian Queeley

The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging people in the region to remember that despite the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they must be mindful that other public health threats still exist.

CARPHA executive director Dr Joy St John, in a message in observance of Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week 2020, noted that mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika, have placed an additional burden on the region's health care systems, and negatively impact social and economic development.

“As individuals and communities, we each have a role to play in preventing an upsurge of mosquito-borne diseases,” she added.

Head of Vector-Borne Diseases at CARPHA Dr Laura-Lee Boodram said that during 2019 the Caribbean region experienced another outbreak of dengue, with many member states reporting an increase in the number of severe and hospitalised cases.

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AIR QUALITY LEVEL IS EXPECTED TO FALL TO MODERATE LEVELS, AS A RESULT OF PARTICULATE MATTERS ASSOCIATED WITH A SURGE OF SAHARAN DUST, STREAMING ACROSS THE AREA. THIS IS EXPECTED TO ELEVATE THE RISKS OF HEALTH PROBLEMS, FOR MAINLY UNUSUALLY SENSITIVE PEOPLE, SUCH AS ASTHMATICS.

by Shirlian Queeley
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