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NEMO:Hurricane shelter procedures updated during COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2020. 3:32 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: On Sunday, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) issued a statement advising the public that it is closely monitoring a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea.

NEMO issued specific hurricane shelter procedures that would be carried out due to COVID-19.

NEMO noted that if there is a need to evacuate people who are COVID-19 positive, those patients will stay at a COVID-19 hurricane shelters or a quarantine shelter to house them.

The Ministry of Health will also determine the evacuation of persons who are COVID-19 positive but don’t need to shelter and are in self-quarantine.

Once in the shelter, everyone must wear their mask and anyone showing symptoms will be contained in a separate section of the building.

Shelter Wardens and Managers will allocate shelter space as social distance must be adhered to and the shelter must be sanitized on a regular basis. 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS and SI 119 of 2020 shall be adhered to.

The elderly and persons with underlying health conditions must not occupy the same space with normal persons.

 Shelter Managers must monitor and correct hygiene and cough /sneeze etiquette not done properly.

 According to NEMO, Ministry of Health (MOH) staff and or authorized volunteers will conduct daily monitoring of shelters to detect people who are sick. 

  The Shelter Management Team (Public Officers/ Volunteers) MUST wear/use PPE (Masks, Gloves, coverall (optional), thermometers).   

The public is urged to remain alert.

 

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