DMCA HOSTS PRE-HURRICANE SEASON MEETING ON TUESDAY

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) hosted a pre-hurricane season meeting on Tuesday, April 30th, at the DMCA conference room on Yellow Hill Road.

According to the agency’s Director Major Alvin Ryan the aim of the meeting was to assess individual Ministries and Departments preparedness, challenges and building resilience ahead of the start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season which officially begins on June 1st.

The meeting was chaired by His Excellency, the Governor, Andy Pearce.

Major Ryan reported that Montserrat has a significant amount of relief supplies in the event the island should be impacted to assist with our recovery.

He disclosed that island’s electrical resilience has been boosted with the acquisition of a Bucket truck, derrick and additional generators,

Mr Ryan says an assessment of Hurricane Shelters on island have been conducted to ensure they are ready for the season.

A presentation was made by Director of Glen Francis titled “ Cash Transfer As A Response To A Shock Event”.   

A number of issues were raised by attendees, ahead of the Hurricane Season which will be dealt with in the incoming weeks.

The conference was attended by representatives from the Public Works Department, Port Authority, Police, Montserrat Search and Rescue, Office the Premier, John A Osborne Airport, Governor’s Office, Montserrat Defense Force, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture among others. Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM FRIDAY MAY 23RD, 2019

SYNOPSIS: The Atlantic high-pressure system is the dominant weather feature and shower activity over the next 24 hours is expected to be minimal.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent or a slight chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with 10 percent or a slight chance of showers.

WINDS: East-southeast today shifting to the east this evening with speeds ranging between to 19 to 33 km/h or 10 to 18 knots.

SEAS: not exceeding 1.5 metres or 5 feet.

Sunset Today: 6:36 pm. Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:37 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 32°C/ 90°F

LOW: 23°C/73° F Continue reading

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DMCA JOINS THE GLOBAL OBSERVANCE OF WORLD BIODIVERSITY DAY TODAY WITH AN APPEAL TO EVERYONE TO PLAY THEIR PART IN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) joins with the Department of the Environment today to observe World Biodiversity Day held annually on May 22nd.

According to officials at the DMCA, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and bush fires may all affect the many different ecosystems on our island. Initially, these natural hazards negatively affect the biodiversity of our ecosystems by causing the spread of invasive species, mass species mortality and loss of habitat.

In the short term, select ecosystem degradation reduces the ability of forests to process carbon dioxide, which exacerbates climate change. Over time though, many types of natural hazards play an integral role in rejuvenating the very ecosystem that they once destroyed, but if there are endemic plants/animals in the area of concern, they might disappear due to a sudden change in the area.

As in the case of tsunamis, there’ll be loss of livelihood for fishermen to unknown damages to coral reefs and flora and fauna where the waves came a few miles inland. In some fragile areas, it may take years for the coral reefs to get back the balance and coastal tree plantations may have been destroyed or severely affected.

Research has shown that a healthy ecosystem can mitigate the impacts of hazard events such as landslides and bush fires, hence biodiversity is the fundamental basis for the health of the ecosystem.

Everybody has a role to play in reducing disaster risk and biodiversity conservation such as taking the necessary steps to prevent fires and landslides, use natural barriers such as coral reefs and mangroves against tsunamis, recycle, buy sustainable, drive green, go package free, set up a compost pile for organic waste, plant local flora and take the time to clean up animal habitat such as beaches and forests.

At the Government level, there needs to be a commitment by all to invest in developing capacity and allocating financial resources to assess the economic and human consequences of changes in ecosystem services as part of their national planning processes and strategies.

When governments and vulnerable communities combine biodiversity conservation practices with humanitarian efforts after natural hazard impacts which may result in a disaster, it’s possible to build back safer and improve resilient ecosystem – for both people and the environment. Continue reading

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SOME WELL DESERVED RAIN TODAY IS DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF A WEAK TROUGH

HERE’S MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST

VALID UP TO 8 AM THURSDAY MAY 23RD, 2019

SYNOPSIS: The presence of a weak trough could lead to a moderate chance for shower activity over and around the Leeward Islands during the morning and early afternoon hours. The chances for shower activity will gradually diminish thereafter as a drier and more stable airmass moves into the area.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly cloudy skies with a 40 percent or moderate chance of showers mainly during the morning.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Fair to partly cloudy skies with a 20 percent or slight chance of a brief shower.

WINDS: East-southeast at 15 to 28 km/h or 8 to 15 knots with lighter spells overnight..

SEAS: 1 to 1.5 metres or 3 to 5 feet

Sunset Today: 6:35 pm. Sunrise Tomorrow: 5:37 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 31°C/ 88°F

LOW: 24°C/75° F Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM WEDNESDAY MAY 22ND, 2019

SYNOPSIS: A high-pressure system in the vicinity, at the lower levels of the atmosphere, will continue to inhibit shower activity.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 10 percent or a slight chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent or a slight chance of showers.

WINDS: East-southeast at 19 to 31 km/h or 10 to 17 knots with occasional strong gusts.

SEAS: Less than 1.5 metres or less than 5 feet.

Sunset Today: 6:35 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:37 am.

Please continue to monitor DMCA ’s facebook page -Montserrat Disaster Management Coordination Agency -DMCA and website – www.dmca.gov.msand ZJB Radio Montserrat for regular updates.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 31°C/ 88°F

LOW: 24°C/75° F Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT VOLCANO OBSERVATORY (MV0) WEEKLY REPORT MAY 11TH, 2019 TO MAY 17TH, 2019

Activity at the Soufrière Hills Volcano remains low.

The seismic network recorded 2 VT events and 1 rock fall this week.

Six traverses were done using the boat traverse method to measure SO2 flux values on 16 May. The average flux measured was 636 t/d.

Pyroclastic flows can occur at any time without warning on any side of the volcano, including Gages from where they can travel rapidly into Plymouth. Tracks across the Belham Valley can be destroyed or heavily modified by flash flooding or lahars, and caution should be exercised crossing the valley during and after rainfall.

The Hazard Level is 1. There is no public access to Zone V, including Plymouth. Maritime Zones E and W are daytime transit only between sunrise and sunset (boats may sail through the zone but must not stop). Anyone who ignores these restrictions is liable to be prosecuted. Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM TUESDAY MAY 21ST, 2019

SYNOPSIS: Low moisture levels coupled with stable surface conditions are expected to restrict shower activity across the area.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent or a slight chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent or a slight chance of showers.

WINDS: East- southeast at 15 to 26 km/h or 8 to 14 knots.

SEAS: 1 to 1.5 metres or 3 to 5 feet.

Sunset Today: 6:35 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:37 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 32°C/ 90°F

LOW: 23°C/73° F Continue reading

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7 DAY MONTSERRAT MARINE WEATHER FORECAST MON. MAY. 20TH, 2019 TO SUN. MAY. 26TH, 2019

Monday, May 20th, 2019 6AM. 6PM 
Seas.. are 1.2M. or 4′ 1.3M. or 4’4″ High.
Winds. are Easterly @ 15 E 17 MPH.
Skies .. are Cloudy with a chance of a light shower.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Seas.. are 1.2M. or 4′ 1.2M. or 4′ High.
Winds. are Easterly @ 14 E 15 MPH.
Skies .. are Cloudy with a chance of a light shower.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
Seas.. are 1.1M. or 3’8″ 1.M. or 3′ High.
Winds. are Easterly @ 13 E 13 MPH.
Skies .. are Cloudy with a chance of light showers early AM. and PM.

Thursday, May 23th, 2019
Seas.. are 0.9M. or 2’8″ 0.9M. or 2′ 8″ High.
Winds. are Easterly @ 10 E 12 MPH.
Skies .. are Cloudy with a chance of light PM. showers.

Friday, May 24th, 2019
Seas.. are 0.8M. or 2’6″ 0.8M. or 2′ 6″High.
Winds. are Easterly @ 12 E 10 MPH.
Skies .. are Cloudy with a chance of light showers throughout the day.

Saturday, May 25th, 2019
Seas.. are 0.8M. or 2’6″ NE. 0.8M. or 2′ 6″High.
Winds. are South-easterly @ 11 E 8 MPH.
Skies .. Overnight showers, Cloudy with a chance of light showers throughout the day.

Sunday, May 26th, 2019
Seas.. North-easterly 1M. or 3′ NE. 0.9M. or 2′ 8″High.
Winds. are South-easterly @ 10 E 5 MPH.
Skies .. Overnight showers, Cloudy with a chance of light showers throughout the day. Continue reading

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MONTSERRAT PARTICIPATES IN THE UK CARIBBEAN OVERSEAS TERRITORIES AND BERMUDA DISASTER MANAGERS MEETING IN MIAMI, FLORIDA

Head of the Governor’s Office David Arkley and Director of the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) Major Alvin Ryan are attending the annual UK Caribbean Overseas Territories and Bermuda Disaster Managers conference in Miami, Florida.

The three-day conference commonly referred to as the annual Hurricane conference is organized by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in conjunction with the Disaster Management Advisor for the OTs Jon Snell, who is stationed in Miami.

The meeting brings together Disaster Managers and Heads of Governors Offices from the various Caribbean Overseas Territories and Bermuda, UK Defence officials, Officers from Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Mounts Bay and representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, the British Red Cross and the private sector.

The meeting is discussing lessons learnt from the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season, hurricane preparedness for the upcoming season which officially begins on June 1st and other important matters related to disaster preparedness in the Caribbean OTs and Bermuda.

It also provides an opportunity for invited companies to showcase their products and emerging disaster management technologies.

The conference ends today Friday, May 17th, 2019.

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MONTSERRAT’S NATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST VALID UP TO 8 AM WEDNESDAY MAY 15TH, 2019

SYNOPSIS: Low moisture levels coupled with stable surface conditions will continue to restrict shower activity across the area.

WEATHER TODAY: Partly sunny with a 20 percent or a slight chance of showers.

WEATHER TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with a 20 percent or a slight chance of showers.

WINDS: Southeast at 15 to 26 km/h or 8 to 14 knots.

SEAS: 1 to 1.5 metres or 3 to 5 feet.

Sunset Today: 6:33 pm. Sunrise tomorrow: 5:39 am.

TODAY’S TEMPS:

HIGH: 31°C/ 88°F

LOW: 25°C/77° F Continue reading

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DMCA HOSTS HURRICANE WEBINAR FOR GRADE 6 STUDENTS AT THE PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL ON MONTSERRAT

The webinar was organized by the 2019 National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration(NOAA).

The purpose of the one (1) hour webinar was to raise understanding and awareness of hurricanes, hurricane hazards, and hurricane preparation amongst grade 6 students in advance of the 2019 North Atlantic hurricane season. Videos, visualizations, graphics, and other media were included to engage the students.

National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasters and AOC aircraft personnel spoke live to the students.

The webinar platform allowed NHC/NOAA personnel and HSS staff to answer students questions in real time during the webinar.

This webinar formed part of DMCA’s 2019 Hurricane Preparedness activities and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) Hurricane Awareness Tour.

The webinar was broadcast live from the Baton Rouge, LA stop of the Hurricane Awareness Tour.

This webinar is timely as Montserrat prepares for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season which officially begins on June 1st.

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