The Public Works Department and
National Roads Authority will carry out their annual hurricane preparedness
drill Wednesday 5 May in preparation for the 2010 hurricane season.
“This exercise duplicates the
activities that will take place in the event of a real hurricane,” Public Works
Department Director Max Jones explained. “Most statutory authorities are also
participating in the exercise by securing their own facilities.”
All Public Works employees and
several Road Authority staff members will take part in the exercise. Organised
into teams, they will shutter and protect more than 100 government buildings
including 16 hurricane shelters.
Standby generators at shelters and
key government buildings will also be evaluated and started. Cistern water
levels will be checked and topped up where needed.
On completion of the exercise,
inspectors will assess the shelters and buildings to ensure that the facilities
are adequately secured.