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ODM reminds residents and business community to be prepared for the hurricane season

This week we all were reminded once again, that all residents as well as the business community must be prepared for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) said on Friday.

On June 23rd the fourth named storm of the season – Tropical Storm Dolly – formed north of Bermuda. Based on historic weather records, the average date of the fourth named storm formation is August 21, and Dolly was two-months ahead.

ODM which falls under the Fire Department (Ministry of General Affairs) and headed by Fire Chief/Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson, is calling on residents and the

business community to make sure they have their hurricane season plans in place and have been preparing.

Richardson added that we could see additional storms forming in the coming weeks as the season gets closer to the peak months and is appealing for the community to make all preparations which is required to safeguard life and property.

To learn more about hurricane hazards and how to prepare for a storm/hurricane strike, visit the Government website: www.sintmaartengov.org/hurricane where you will be able to download your “Hurricane Season Readiness Guide’ and “Hurricane Tracking Chart.”

In addition, you can also download the ‘Disasterprep Sint Maarten’ app for Android and Apple phones by going to the Google and Apple stores.

The remaining storm names for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season are: Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, René, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, and Wilfred.

Listen to the Government Radio station – 107.9FM - for official information and news before, during and after a hurricane.

For official weather-related information, check out the website of the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten (MDS): www.meteosxm.com

Remember, it only takes one hurricane to make it a bad season. Be prepared this hurricane season!