Residents and visitors of Sint Maarten this is your Prime Minister.
As Chairlady of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), I convened an EOC meeting on Monday morning at 9 am to assess the weather situation based on the remnants of Beryl passing through the Leeward Islands.
Even though the Tropical Storm Watch for Sint Maarten was discontinued for the country by the Meteorological Department (MDS) late Sunday afternoon after Tropical Storm Beryl became a remnant weather system, the EOC continued to take a cautious approach.
As Prime Minister, I would like to remind the general public to continue to be proactive as this was an exercise in hurricane preparedness.
At 5.00 pm on Monday afternoon, the EOC was officially deactivated since the remnants of Beryl no longer pose a direct threat to Sint Maarten.
I would like to thank the public for their diligence in monitoring the storm and the 10 Emergency Support Functions who performed optimally during this exercise in preparing for Beryl.
Three shelters were opened on Sunday afternoon, the Milton Peters College Gym, Dutch Quarter Community Center, and the Christian Fellowship Church in Cole Bay and at 5.00pm on Monday, all shelters closed.
I would like to thank the Sint Maarten Voluntary Corps soldiers as well Shelter Management Staff from the St. Maarten Red Cross and K1 Britannia who manned the shelters during the passing of the storm.
An assessment carried out at the shelters on Monday revealed that no persons made use of the shelters.
As a precautionary measure, assistance of the Dutch Military was requested, as of Monday afternoon this is no longer necessary.
As we are heading into the peak of the hurricane season the public is reminded, for official local weather and Government related information please visit (www.meteosxm.com); the Government of Sint Maarten website (www.sintmaartengov.org) or the Government of Sint Maarten social media Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/SXMGOV), or tune into Government Radio 107.9 FM.
Thank you for your attention and May God bless our Sint Maarten land and keep us safe.