Monday, June 1, marked the start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. “Forecasters predict an active above-average season, and with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, we have to think of the reality that planning may be different this year,” Island Governor of Saba Jonathan Johnson said.
Despite the impending hurricane season, the island’s Public Health Department will continue to work diligently to manage the risk of COVID-19 in Saba, he said.
Most Caribbean islands are declaring to be COVID19-free and making plans to reopen their borders. “With that said, we have to remain vigilant. Instead of solely staying informed of possible weather systems, we must also monitor the threat of COVID-19, as physically and economically this can impact our hurricane preparations,” Johnson said.
He urged all Saba residents to have their hurricane plans and kits in place. “Hurricane plans include where you will go and what you will do during the storm. Your hurricane kit should have all the essentials, like canned food, drinking water, flashlight, and medications. Do not wait until a warning is issued, and stores are empty or closed. Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make an impact,” Johnson said.
“Readiness and preparedness are our personal and collective responsibility. Your property and possessions are your primary responsibility. Do not wait until it is too late. It is better to be over-prepared than caught off-guard. Be prepared and stay prepared.”
The Daily Herald.