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‘Ready yourselves for 2019 hurricane season’ – Skelton-Cline

-Says onslaught still possible even with prayers against it
Social Commentator and ZBVI 780am ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio host, Claud O. Skelton-Cline has issued a clarion call to both the Governor of the Virgin Islands, His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ in addition to Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to ensure that the Virgin Islands (VI) is well prepared ahead of the upcoming 2019 hurricane season. Photo: Facebook
In September of 2017, the Virgin Islands was ravaged by two Category 5 Hurricanes, Irma and Maria which destroyed infrastructure and the livelihood of Virgin Islanders with its effects still being felt today. Photo: VINO/File
In September of 2017, the Virgin Islands was ravaged by two Category 5 Hurricanes, Irma and Maria which destroyed infrastructure and the livelihood of Virgin Islanders with its effects still being felt today. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Social Commentator and ZBVI 780am ‘Honestly Speaking’ radio host, Claud O. Skelton-Cline has issued a clarion call to both the Governor of the Virgin Islands, His Excellency Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus’ in addition to Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) to ensure that the Virgin Islands (VI) is well prepared ahead of the upcoming 2019 hurricane season.

Further, the man of the cloth on his Tuesday, May 7, 2019, edition of “Honestly Speaking” aired on the radio and streamed on the show’s Facebook page, pointed out that it cannot be just chatter and talk. He said the VI should be prepared for the worst even with prayers against it.

No Chatter – Skelton-Cline

“This is the month of May, in the not too future, we will be in the beginning of the hurricane season, we want to remain pray full for what will be a hurricane-free season,” he told the listening audience as part of the opening commentary of his show.

According to Skelton-Cline, “We do live in a Hurricane path, Hurricanes do happen, as so our readiness, we’re calling upon our Governor and Disaster Management and all of the requisite authorities responsible for ensuring that in fact, the Virgin Islands is in a better and a stronger place today in terms of anything, disturbance that would come our way.”

In pointing out some talks of hurricane preparedness that have been issued by not just the Governor but the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), he says, “It cannot just be chatter and talk, we want all of the requisite authorities to ensure that come this season, we are far more prepared that we were in 2017," he said. 

Prayers & Plan B

But even as the man of the cloth indicated that the territory would be praying against any possible onslaught, he was adamant that in the event of those prayers failing, the territory should still be ready and prepared.

“We’re asking the Governor in his specific role, our Premier and his government in their specific role, Disaster Management in their function and all of us as private citizens to ready ourselves for what is possible even though we’re praying against it happening.” 

4 Responses to “‘Ready yourselves for 2019 hurricane season’ – Skelton-Cline”

  • E. Leonard (11/05/2019, 11:40) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VI lies in the direct path of Atlantic hurricanes. Hurricane season officially starts June 01 and runs through November 30. The term a 100-year storm does not mean a major hurricane only occurs every 100 years. It basically means that there is a 1% chance of a weather event occurring every year. However, a major hurricane(s) can hit the VI every year. As Claude encouraged, now is the time to be preparing and getting ready for the upcoming hurricane season, not when a storm is projected to make landfall 24-48 hours out. The BVI must be in a high state of readiness for the season, ie, government, businesses, individuals........etc.

    Specifically, homeowners should take action to protect their homes/property. They should collect and secure loose debris that can become missiles during a hurricane. They should shutter their homes to keep windows and doors from being broken by flying debris and to keep the wind out. Once wind gets in, the potential for damage increases. The old suggestion of leaving a window open on the leeward side to equalize the pressure IMO is a myth.

    Hurricanes are destructive forces so residents should prepare to protect lives and to protect/minimize property damages. If there is any doubt that hurricanes are destructive, take a peak back to September 2017—Irma and Maria. Now is the time to update and get property/wind storm insurance. It may not be offered hours before a storm is projected to make landfall and even if offered there may be a minimum waiting period for insurance to take effect, ie, 30 days. If within property owners means, they should insure for complete replacement cost. At a minimum, try to insure for at least 80% of replacement cost. This will ensure that partial claims are reimbursed at a 100% up to the insured value.
  • one eye (12/05/2019, 06:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look I just can’t take another category 5
    • @one eye (12/05/2019, 13:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @One Eye, you better open the other eye, focus, plan and get ready, for it is not if another Cat 5 will hit but when. It is likely that one can visit and ravaged the BVI this season. With global warming, major storms are becoming more frequent, stronger, intense and devastating. BVI residents cannot and should not let their guards down. Prepare now, expect the worse and hope for the best.
    • Reply (13/05/2019, 04:20) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Either me bossie


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