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Gov't offices, HLSCC closed tomorrow, August 27, 2015

Due to the expected passing of Tropical Storm Erika, Government offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday August 27, 2015. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Due to the expected passing of Tropical Storm Erika, Government offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday August 27, 2015.

The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College will also be closed, according to President Dr Karl Dawson.

See statement below from Acting Governor Mrs V. Inez Archibald on closure of Gov't offices

Residents of The Virgin Islands, after consultation with the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) I hereby advise that Government offices will not open on Thursday, 27th August. The NEOC’s advice is based on an analysis of the various forecasting models. If Tropical Storm Erika maintains its current strength and track, it is expected to affect the BVI from Thursday morning.

As there continues to be some level of uncertainty with the strength of the system, and in the interest of public safety, let us err on the side of caution. Neighbouring islands which also face the threat of Erika have taken a similar decision to safeguard life and property.

I believe that the private sector will also take the necessary actions to protect staff.

I trust that residents have already heeded the call to engage in the necessary preparedness actions and are using the remaining hours to secure any loose items that may be around their property.

I encourage those of you who are caring for the elderly and young children to take some time to talk with them about what is happening with the system, and try to put them at ease.

Personal safety is of paramount importance; so I take this opportunity to remind non-essential personnel to remain off the streets during the passage of the system and immediately after, to allow the emergency services to carry out the necessary response and rehabilitation activities.

We will continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Erika. If there are any significant changes in the forecasts overnight, I will issue a further statement early on Thursday morning to allow sufficient time for any decisions which might have to be made.

Let us bunker down then, and ride out this system together, and let us also pray that the system will pass us with little or no effect and that we will be in a position to resume operations swiftly.

God bless us all and thank you.

4 Responses to “Gov't offices, HLSCC closed tomorrow, August 27, 2015”

  • this one on the house (26/08/2015, 23:37) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Don't pay them for this day because the country cant afford it.
  • 123 (27/08/2015, 00:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply


  • Patriotic (27/08/2015, 08:03) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am shock that some private company will put them staff at risk and call them out just to prove a point.
  • Sugar girl (27/08/2015, 15:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This system ain't no joke people please heed to the warnings the skies where clear this morning and just as the rain begin to fall the wind begin to blow and there oot of the blue step Erica

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