Persons in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are being admonished to ensure that they put whatever measures are necessary in place to help in the protection of lives, as the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season officially commences tomorrow June 1.

The hurricane season typically runs from June 1 to November 30.

Speaking at a ceremony this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference Room where he outlined the preparations of the government for this hurricane season, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves made reference to the predictions by several leading hurricane forecasters including the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which indicates that the 2018 Hurricane season will be an active one.

Even if this country is not directly hit by a storm, Prime Minister Gonsalves said persons must take readiness for this hurricane season seriously, since it is inevitable that we will get a lot of rainfall, landslides and coastal erosions.

From the position of the government, Dr. Gonsalves said a pretty good framework for disaster preparedness and reduction has been put in place including early warning systems to better enable it to provide warnings to members of the public.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is urging persons to desist from spreading fake news about storms during this hurricane season, and appealed for individuals to pay greater attention to information and bulletins issued by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

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