The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday conducted a readiness initiative to test its systems in case of a hurricane or other national disaster.
The test included all sectors, ministries, departments and agencies of government, including all administrators, and local government practitioners in all settlements, districts and Family Islands.
The initiative sought to test NEMA’s alerting mechanisms for an impending tropical hazard, communication modes, shelter activation and operations and its activation of relief supply and distribution mechanism.
The scenario used Hurricane Alexander, a category 4 Hurricane, in the simulation.
In said simulation, the hurricane is approaching The Bahamas from the south and is expected to travel up the center of the Islands of The Bahamas. It is anticipated to be a very strong hurricane with devastating impact.
NEMA is expected to activate its disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery program effectively and efficiently, in order to save lives as well as property.
This article was written by TAJARO HUDSON, Eyewitness News intern.