Cole Bay prepares for active hurricane seasonPOSTED: 05/31/13 12:32 PM
Disaster coordinator Salomon commends cleanup actions
St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Disaster Coordinator Winston Salomon, head of the Office of Disaster Management, commends the cleanup initiative that was undertaken by the community police, Jazz G and O.C.C.O. of the Cole Bay district in preparation for the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season that opens tomorrow
The first cleanup took place on May 18. Another cleanup is planned for Saturday, June 8 along Welfare Road, Windsor Road, and Cay Bay Road from 6.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
The final clean-up will be on Saturday, June 15 on Welfare Road, Corner Road and Bill Folly Road. Those interested in volunteering their time to help should call 588 40 35 or 550 77 47. The removal of garbage is being carried out by Leonard Enterprises.
“These types of initiatives are very much welcome, and I am calling on all the districts to mobilize and cleanup. We need to see similar initiatives in the other residential districts. We need all stakeholders working together,” Salomon said.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States Department of Commerce (NOAA) forecast for the upcoming six months an active or extremely active hurricane season.
The NOAA forecast says there is a likelihood of 13 to 20 named storms, of which seven to 11 could become hurricanes, including three to six major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5) with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher.
“I am once more appealing to the Sint Maarten community to prepare for the hurricane season. We do this every year and more than the majority of the country knows exactly what they have to do before the hurricane season starts.
“The Office of Disaster Management always prepares for every season regardless of the forecast, because we must remember that all it takes is one storm to make it a bad season,” Salomon said.
Storm names for the 2013 season are: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.
The hurricane season ends on November 30.