NEMA director partially activates NEOC

NASSAU, Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) was partially activated at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening (September 27) for closer monitoring of Hurricane Ian, following the issuance of a tropical storm warning for the islands of Grand Bahama and Biminis by the Bahamas Meteorology Department. The NEOC will remain open throughout the response period.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions could occur in the listed islands within 36 hours.

During partial activation, certain members of the NEOC team (known as emergency support functions) are activated to monitor certain risks and/or hazards in areas that could be affected by weather conditions associated with the passage. of a storm, and as a means of communication with/supporting disaster managers and planners and disaster advisory committees on the ground in these areas. The NEOC is responsible for executing emergency management and ensuring business continuity for the entire country.

Residents of Grand Bahama and the Biminis are urged to prepare for the possibility of sustained tropical storm force winds on From Wednesday evening to Thursday. Residents of the rest of the Northwest Bahamas, including Abaco, Berry Islands, North Andros, New Providence and Eleuthera, could experience strong gusty winds during this period.

Forecasters from the Bahamas Meteorology Department note that rain bands associated with Hurricane Ian will continue to affect the islands of the northwestern Bahamas on Wednesday and Thursday. Residents of these islands are advised to exercise extreme caution as the bands of rain will bring severe thunderstorms, gusty winds and possible tornadic activity.

As of 8 p.m. (Tuesday evening), Hurricane Ian was about 250 miles west, southwest of Alice Town, Bimini; 310 miles southwest of Red Bays, Andros; 305 miles southwest of Freeport, Grand Bahama; and about 360 miles west, southwest of New Providence. Ian is moving north-northeast at nearly 10 miles per hour with a reduction in forward speed forecast for tonight and Wednesday. On the forecast track, Ian’s center is expected to move over the southeast Gulf of Mexico, pass west of the Florida Cays later tonight and approach the west coast of Florida in as an extremely dangerous major hurricane (Category III or higher on the Saffir-Simpson scale) on Wednesday.

Total rainfall amounts of 4 to 6 inches are expected with isolated amounts up to 8 inches through Friday. As a result, severe, localized flooding is possible in low-lying, flood-prone areas. Residents of low-lying, flood-prone areas of the Northwest Bahamas are urged to take special precautions during any heavy and/or prolonged rainfall event.

The National Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the Bahamas Meteorology Department, is also monitoring an area of ​​low pressure located several hundred miles off the Cape Verde Islands (also known as the Cape Verde) which has a high chance (70%) for the formation of tropical cyclones over the next five days.

Residents are urged to pay close attention to all NEWS, public forecasts, severe weather warnings and/or special weather statements issued by the Bahamas Meteorological Department.

For more information on the role of NEOC, please visit us at https://www.nema-bahamas.info/post/what-is-the-national-emergency-management-operations-centre or our website at www. nema-bahamas.info for precautionary advice.

Source: BIS
September 27, 2022
By NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA)

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