St. Maarten Government urges food wholesalers and warehouse depots to be storm ready

POSTED: 08/3/11 1:15 PM

St. Maarten – Food wholesalers and warehouse depots are requested to have a plan in place to prepare and secure their properties in the event of a storm/hurricane threat.

“With the peak start of the hurricane season less than two weeks away, every effort must be made to be prepared to take timely action in clearing properties in the event of a weather related threat,” a release from the Department of Communications stated.

“The primary objective is the protection of the people first and foremost, property and surrounding residential areas. Materials such as plywood, shipping pallets, food pallets, pieces of metal used to secure pallet shipments, can easily become flying missiles capable of impaling brick walls or anything in its way,” the release continued.

“It is the responsibility of the business owner to have plans in place to remove any materials and/or have them properly secured on the property within a short period of time in the event of a storm/hurricane threat,” the release further stated.

When a tropical storm or hurricane watch is issued 48-hours before a system is forecasted to hit the island or area, businesses should activate their business resilience hurricane preparedness plans which should also include the aforementioned.

 

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