Hurricane Mobility Pass application process begins today

POSTED: 04/15/11 12:24 PM

St. Maarten – The application process for Mobility Passes for the 2011 Hurricane Season which starts from June 1 to November 30, starts as of April 15 only for the business sector and vital organizations. The pass allows the aforementioned to assess possible damage to their property. Potential applicants have until May 20 to present all relevant information related to the process of requesting a Mobility Pass.

For the 2011 season, the application form as well as information sheet can be downloaded from the Fire Department’s website www.brandweersxm.net under the tab link “Hurricane Information” followed by the “Hurricane Passes” tab. The application form has to be completed and submitted to the offices of the Fire Department & Disaster Management, to the attention of the secretary located at Jackal Road 5, Cay Hill before May 20, 2011, with all necessary documents attached. Applicants will be informed by email or telephone when to pick up the pass at the aforementioned address between office hours, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Passes are issued to the following categories: government personnel, personnel of essential companies or organizations, (sub) contractors for the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI), transportation passes for hotel staff, business owners and members of vital organizations to assess possible damage to their property.

The hurricane pass application procedure is only intended for businesses and vital organizations with respect to their key personnel receiving an exemption to a curfew.

The Office of Disaster Management is handling the application process for the passes on behalf of the prime minister. The hurricane mobility pass system is a mechanism to maintain public order during emergency situations. The prime minister assesses the damage after a disaster has occurred and can impose a curfew if the extent of the damage poses a threat to the safety and security of the community.

After a disaster has struck, and a curfew has been imposed, the public roads can only be accessed by emergency crews. The prime minister will ensure that the curfew is limited to the essential time that is needed to execute emergency and disaster relief and recovery efforts.

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