Month: October 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE: DMCA SOLICITS PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON THE PROPOSED INSTALLATION OF SIREN UNITS IN THE DAVY HILL AND LOOKOUT COMMUNITIES

by Shirlian Queeley

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) is desirous of installing two siren units in the north of the island. The communities of Lookout and Davy Hill have been identified for the installation of these units.

The installation of a siren unit in each of these communities will greatly enhance the DMCA'S ability to alert and send timely messages to such communities and surrounding areas in the event of pending emergencies; along with updates, after such events.

The Disaster Management Coordination Agency is proposing to install one unit northeast of the gazebo in Lookout, where a unit was once installed. The second unit is proposed to be installed in an area northwest of the Livan residence in Davy Hill.

All residents of Davy Hill and Lookout seeking further information can contact the Disaster Management Coordination Agency on 664 491-7166 or 491-3076 or email dmca@gov.ms.

All comments and queries should reach the DMCA on or before Thursday November 10, 2016.

PUBLIC NOTICE: OCTOBER 31ST, 2016

by Shirlian Queeley

THIS IS MONTSERRAT'S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW TUESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2016 8 AM

GENERAL SITUATION: Moist and unstable conditions are affecting the area. This will heighten the chances for cloudiness and showers over the next twenty-four hours.

WEATHER: Skies today and tonight will be partly cloudy, becoming cloudy at times with widely scattered showers. A few isolated thunderstorms could also develop.

PUBLIC NOTICE: OCTOBER 27TH, 2016

by Shirlian Queeley
Disaster Management Coordination Agency  Press Release

October 27th, 2016 - St John’s Montserrat - Montserrat is to support relief and recovery efforts in Haiti as the country struggles to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

Director of the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) Billy Darroux will be deployed to the hurricane-ravaged country for about two weeks.

He will be part of the Caricom Operational Support Team (COST), which comprises of representatives from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) participating states.

The COST team will provide operational support to Haiti’s National Emergency Management system, which involves working with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Damage Assessment Teams and supporting logistics and emergency communication.

Mr Darroux, who left the island on Thursday, October 27, 2016, will also assist with providing translation services for the team, as he’s fluent in Creole, an offshoot of French.

The Montserrat DMCA Director’s involvement in Haiti is at the request of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

RESIDENTS URGE TO STAY PREPARED, THIS AS THE REGION HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY IMPACTED BY TROPICAL CYCLONE IN NOVEMBER, SOME WORDS OF CAUTION FROM ANTIGUAN METEOROLOGIST

by Shirlian Queeley

The 2016 hurricane season will go down as the first active season since 2012.

That’s according to the official blog of Dale Destin, Meteorologist/Climatologist for the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorological Service Climate Section.

Thus far, the current Atlantic hurricane season has produced 14 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

Mr Destin said the accumulated energy (ACE) index which matters most, has shot up to 119% of the average of 106 in less than a month from less than 50%.

He went on to say more than half of this ACE is due to the strength and duration of Major Hurricanes Matthew and Nicole.

The Meteorologist/Climatologist states that in terms of numbers, the forecast for the season is on point as it called for around 15 named storms, 7 becoming hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.

He explained that "notwithstanding the end of the season drawing near, we have been seriously impacted by tropical cyclones in November, recall Hurricane Lenny of 1999."

Thus, Mr Destin said “we need to remain fully prepared, as it only takes one hurricane to set our life and community back by decades said the Meteorologist. Be prudent: stay prepared for the worst and hope for the best!”

PUBLIC NOTICE: OCTOBER 27TH, 2016

by Shirlian Queeley

THIS IS MONTSERRAT'S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW FRIDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2016 8 AM

GENERAL SITUATION: A trough of low pressure will continue to cause weak instability across the islands.

WEATHER: Today: Partly cloudy with occasional cloudy spells with scattered showers and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy with isolated showers.

WINDS: Light & variable at first becoming ENE'ly at 5 to 10 knots (9-19km/h).

NEWS ITEM: MONTSERRAT AMONG EASTERN CARIBBEAN ISLANDS LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL RAINFALL EARLY NEXT YEAR

by Shirlian Queeley

There is great uncertainty in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean which includes Montserrat as to the rainfall during October to December.

That’s according to the Caribbean Agrometeorological Initiative (CAMI), Regional Overview on Seasonal Climate Forecasts outlook for October 2016 to March 2017.

In its monthly bulletin for September 2016, it states that for the period January to March 2017, the Eastern Caribbean, ABC islands and the Guianas are most likely to experience normal to above normal rainfall.

CAMI said there are likely to be more wet days and wet spells during the period October to December over most of the Caribbean.

It states that there is also likely to be normal to more frequent occurrences of extreme wet spells over most the Caribbean during the three month period.

CAMI said it is highly likely that the Eastern Caribbean dry season would have a late start, particularly if a La Niña develops, though likely to be weak.

It went on to say, should a La Niña develop, drought would continue to be suppressed, with the possibility for a later than usual start to the 2017 dry season, particularly in the Eastern Caribbean.

The CAMI bulletin summarizes that heat stress, particularly during dry spells, may at times cause concerns over plant, animal and human health as temperatures are highly likely to continue to be normal to above normal.

PUBLIC NOTICE: OCTOBER 26, 2016

by Shirlian Queeley

THIS IS MONTSERRAT'S PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW THURSDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2016 8 AM

GENERAL SITUATION: The combination of a tropical wave at the surface and an upper level trough will maintain a moist and unstable atmosphere across the area today and tonight, thus keeping the chances for shower activity across the islands relatively high.

WEATHER: Partly cloudy to cloudy skies today and tonight with a good chance of some widely scattered showers developing during that time, especially later today into tonight.

NEWS ITEM: THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH HAS STEPPED UP ITS CAMPAIGN AGAINST ZIKA VIRUS

by Shirlian Queeley

The Ministry of Health has intensified its public education campaign on the prevention of Zika virus among pregnant women on Montserrat.

That’s according to Montserrat’s Epidemiologist Dorothea Hazel in a news item on the ZJB'S “News -At -Six- Package” on Monday October 24, 2016.

Montserrat’s has one laboratory-confirmed case of the zika virus on island.

Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease can have symptoms including mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects and is associated with other pregnancy problems.

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Dorothea Hazel