The Hon Deputy Prime Minister, Reginald Austrie says Dominicans need to be ready for a possible shut down of schools and businesses as Tropical Storm Isaac is anticipated to reach Dominica by Wednesday into Thursday. He says everyone should cooperate if this decision is taken.
This decision may be taken when the National Emergency Planning Organisation meets on Tuesday morning.
“When NEPO meets at 9:00am and all the necessary instructions will be issued then that may include the suspension of school and the shortening of working hours. This will be communicated to you by the local media from the Disaster Preparedness Office,” he said.
“If and when that information is provided I am calling on all residents to remain indoors as much as possible and anyone found uselessly loitering the streets will be dealt with accordingly,“ he cautioned.
“Essential workers, these are the health professionals, fire and police officers, security personnel, disaster officials and others will be required to continue working. However, we ask you to do so cautiously being cognizant of the dangers out there," the Deputy PM stated.
Shelters will be opened by Wednesday September 12th, but since the full complement of shelters on the island is not yet available, private homes and public buildings are being used. The Hon Deputy Prime Minister has also offered the use of his private home as a shelter.