National Security Minister Issues Hurricane Sam Awareness Preparations

The Minister of National Security, Renee Ming advised this morning that the Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) has been keeping a close watch on Hurricane Sam, which is currently a category 4 storm located some 1,082nm south-east of Bermuda.

And Minister Ming confirmed that the EMO will meet Wednesday (Sept. 29) morning to get the latest updates from partner agencies regarding their state of readiness.

Minister Ming said, “The Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) has provided regular and timely updates regarding the potential track of this latest storm. And we will also continue to keep the public abreast with regular advisories from the Ministry.

“We appreciate that this hurricane is generating considerable interest both locally and overseas. However Bermuda is no stranger to serious storms. And as a country, we’ve been successful in managing serious hurricanes by being ready and prepared.

“At this stage it’s too early to say how Hurricane Sam will impact Bermuda. But from a storm preparation stand point, we shouldn’t become complacent.

“We’re advising residents to prepare for any eventuality as each storm is different. To the community, we’re asking you to make sure you are storm ready. Residents should have the necessary supplies on hand and should also check their property and make any repairs necessary – this includes securing window shutters and blinds and trimming back any overhanging trees.

“Private sector businesses are also encouraged to check their buildings and review their hurricane plans. Additionally, business’s will have a number of staff working from home and on quarantine – this should be taken into consideration for hurricane planning.

“Wednesday morning all relevant EMO agencies will meet to assess the latest forecast and track of Hurricane Sam. We will provide further updates as Hurricane Sam’s track progresses.”

Tomorrow’s virtual meeting will be chaired by Minister Ming and see in attendance representatives from key EMO agencies such as the Bermuda Weather Service, Royal Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Police Service, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service, BELCO, Parks and Public Works.

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