Defence Headquarters, 30 May 23 (RBDF): As the 2023 Hurricane season approaches, the National Emergency Management Agency hosted its Annual Disaster Management Hurricane Exhibition in collaboration with local emergency support agencies, public and private partners on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Arawak Cay.
The exhibition served to prepare and educate the public on the necessary precautions to take and services available to them for the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. Among the agencies in attendance were the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Bahamas Department of Meteorology, the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the Bahamas Red Cross, Bahamas Power and Light, Nassau Airport Development Company, Insurance and Wholesale sectors. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band also treated attendees to a show stopping performance.
His Excellency the Most Honorable Sir. Cornelius A. Smith, Governor General, brought re-marks at the event in which he emphasized the importance of strategic planning before, during and after a natural disaster. Describing the Bahamas’s geographical location as a “hurricane valley”, he also provided tips to follow before a disaster such as securing essential equipment like batteries, medical supplies and canned goods and being attentive to advisories from the Department of Meteorology.
Director of NEMA, Captain Stephen Russell emphasized that his agency has maximized its efforts for this year’s hurricane season by constructing a comprehensive disaster management plan that is in line with regional and international protocols and best practices.
(RBDF Photos by Marine Seaman Tenaj Wallace)