Good Morning! The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services says Saharan dust will continue to drift across the island in varying concentrations over the next 24 hours, hence an Air Quality Alert remains firmly in place for Montserrat.

The DMCA is advising children, the elderly and people with respiratory and heart ailments are advised to limit prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors, have the required medication on hand, wear a mask and protective eyewear when outside, and keep windows and doors closed.

Any masks that filter small particles should be worn such as a surgical mask, N95 and KN95 when going outside.

Good Morning! Air Quality remains at Moderate Levels across Montserrat today, Friday due to the presence of Saharan Dust in the atmosphere!

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is advising children, the elderly and people with respiratory and heart ailments to limit prolonged outdoor activities, have the required medication on hand to stay safe, wear a mask and protective eyewear when outside, and keep windows and doors closed.

Any masks that filter small particles should be worn such as a surgical mask, N95 and KN95 when going outside.


DMCA Director attends Technical Advisory meeting in Trinidad!

This week, the Director of the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) on Montserrat, Lieutenant Colonel Alvin Ryan is attending the 15th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

TAC 15 is a strategic meeting of Senior Government Officials from 19 CARICOM Participating States; representatives from Regional and International Institutions; and CDEMA’s Executive Leadership Team.

The April 15th to 19th meeting is a surge forward in strengthening our collective efforts to enhance disaster preparedness, response, and resilience across the Caribbean region.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) comprises directors of the 19 National Disaster Organizations of the CDEMA Participating States.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) falls under the governance of CDEMA to provide support and input into strengthening and developing programmes related to Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) within the 19 CDEMA participating states, and to support the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of these programmes at the national, regional and international levels.


Meteorologist Dale Destin predicts“Super Hyperactive 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Meteorologist/Climatologist for the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service Climate Section, Dale Destin, has forecast an active or above-normal 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season with a high chance of being well above normal or a super hyperactive one.

Mr Destin’s early prediction calls for a near record-breaking 27 named storms, 11 hurricanes, 7 major hurricanes and an accumulated cyclone energy index (ACE) of 233.

The primary factors driving Destin’s above-normal season forecast are the expectation of persistently warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures (SSTs) across the tropical North Atlantic (TNA), coupled with anticipated cooler-than-normal SSTs across the eastern Equatorial Pacific Ocean or La Niña. The simultaneous occurrence of these phenomena, during the hurricane season, sets the stage for what could be near-perfect conditions for a super hyperactive season.

Notwithstanding, there are uncertainties regarding the forecast; these are mainly due to the unknowable intensity and frequency of Saharan Dust that will traverse the TNA. Dust inhibits hurricane formation, but it cannot be forecast beyond days; hence, it is not factored into the hurricane season forecast.

Congratulations to DMCA Volunteer Daranthea Sweeney on completing the Island Innovation Climate Justice Leaders Academy’s 6-month online programme.

The programme offered a unique opportunity for young Caribbean environmental advocates and community leaders like Miss Sweeney to learn about Climate Justice, engage with global policymakers, and promote climate action.

Miss Sweeney, who is also a Geography and Agricultural Science teacher at the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS), has an opportunity to be selected to travel to the 2024 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2024 in Baku, Azerbaijan, which is fully funded.

In 2023, DMCA contacted Ms. Sweeney to participate in the programme, and without hesitation, she jumped at the opportunity and accepted it quickly and eagerly.

DMCA wishes Ms. Sweeney all the best in her future endeavours and looks forward to working with her on disaster management projects.

The Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Services (ABMS) has now issued a High Surf Advisory for Montserrat’s northern and north-facing coastlines from Rendezvous Beach to Fox’s Bay, due to moderate long-period swells causing hazardous conditions along these coastlines. Beachgoers should be extremely cautious and bathe only where lifeguards are present.

Extreme caution is also required by those using the affected non-beach or rocky coastlines.

Spear and Shoreline Fishers must exercise caution and be vigilant when venturing onto the above coastlines as powerful waves can put your life at risk.

Montserrat’s Emergency Management Standard Review starts today!

A one-week baseline assessment workshop began today at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) to review Montserrat’s Emergency Management Standard.

The assessment is being conducted by members of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) in the USA. EMAP is an independent non-profit organization that fosters excellence and accountability in emergency management and programs by establishing credible standards in a peer-reviewed accreditation process.

The workshop evaluates Montserrat’s disaster management programme to see where it meets EMAP standards and to look at areas for improvement to strengthen the island’s emergency preparedness measures and response capabilities efficiently and effectively.

This week’s activity is critical and timely due to an increase in catastrophic natural disasters caused by climate change.

The Emergency Management Standard covers Program Management, Administration and Finance, and Laws and Authorities; Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Consequence Analysis; Hazard Mitigation, Prevention; Continuity Planning and Procedures; Operational Planning and Procedures; Incident Management; Resource Management; Mutual Aid and Logistics; Communications and Warning; Facilities; Training; Exercises, Evaluations and Corrective Action and Emergency Public Education and Information.

The workshop is bringing together disaster management stakeholders from the Montserrat Fire and Rescue Services, Customs, Montserrat Port Authority, Royal Montserrat Defence Force, Royal Montserrat Police Service, John A Osborne Airport, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and the Environment, Ministry of Finance, Public Works Department and Montserrat Red Cross.

The workshop, which runs from Monday, 19 February to Friday, 23 February 2024, is sponsored by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) and hosted by DMCA.

The Antigua and Barbuda Services has issued a High Wind Advisory for Montserrat after midnight until Thursday morning, for exposed coastal waters and elevated and open terrains on the windward side of the island.

Synopsis: Strong gusty winds, due to the forecast tightening of the pressure gradient, are expected. The direct wind threat level will be minimal to life, livelihood, property and infrastructure; notwithstanding, these winds could make some outdoor activities uncomfortable, if not outright dangerous. High winds could create dangerous falling or blowing objects. A high wind advisory means strong sustained winds in the range of 25 to 31 mph, 22 to 27 knots with higher gusts imminent or occurring.

Wind: East-northeast at 15 to 25 knots; 17 to 29 mph, with strong gusts to 39 knots; 44 mph. The strongest winds are expected on Wednesday.

Potential impacts: Includes injuries; very hazardous seas; soil erosion; localized disruptions of some businesses; disruptions to outdoor and sporting activities; disruptions of transportation (air and especially sea); vehicular accidents and financial losses.

Caution: Residents should secure loose, light outdoor items, which can be blown away, and caution should be taken when driving.