Bermuda Government EMO Hurricane Teddy Update
The Minister of National Security, the Hon. Renee Ming will chair an Emergency Measures Organisation (EMO) today (Sept. 18) to get the latest update on hurricane Teddy.
Hurricane Teddy is currently a threat to the island, and the Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) indicates that Teddy is expected to make a close approach early Monday morning.
Minister Ming said, "I know that our residents are feeling incredibly anxious at having to deal with hurricane Paulette and now Teddy against the backdrop of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. But we cannot let our guard down and we must remain vigilant with our preparations.
"Today I will receive a full update from our EMO government departments and partner agencies regarding any outstanding restoration efforts and the status of our preparedness for hurricane Teddy. It is my aim to update the public following today's meeting."
Minister Ming's remarks
Bermuda, it was only last week that we began putting in place our emergency systems and protocols for Hurricane Paulette. And here we are again – a mere seven days later preparing to navigate through another hurricane. Bermuda, I know that the thought of having to deal with back to back storms against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic can cause extreme anxiety for some, but thankfully our emergency protocols are well-rehearsed.
And you can rest assured that this Government is equipped and ready and able to not only deal with this storm, but to ensure that you are safe and protected. With that, I can advise that earlier today, we convened an Emergency Measures Organisation meeting to get the latest updates regarding Hurricane Teddy. While its current track does not indicate a direct hit, Hurricane Teddy is a threat to Bermuda, and residents should continue being vigilant by ensuring that they are storm ready.
Following our EMO meeting, here is what I can share at this time. Regarding our restoration efforts BELCO advised that there were around 22 customers still without power due to Hurricane Paulette. However BELCO are hopeful that power will be restored to these residences by day’s end.
The island-wide clean up works have been largely completed such as tree and hedge clearance, and the Ministry of Public Works is working over the course of today and tomorrow to clear any backlog of trash. Switching to Hurricane Teddy, I can advise that on Sunday, there will be a partial embodiment of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, and the Bermuda Police Service, the Parks Department and the Ministry of Public Works have their resources positioned to assist where and when needed. Also, the Hamilton Port and Stevedoring Services Limited will close effective the end of business today.
As it relates to public schools, public transportation, government offices and other public services, we will share updates regarding any closures or curtailing of services following tomorrow’s 1.00 p.m. EMO meeting. We feel that by tomorrow afternoon we will be in a place of certainty to provide an update on any suspension or cessation of services if any.
However, this shouldn’t stop residents from restocking their storm supplies. The public should use today and tomorrow to replenish their storm kits and have their preparations finalized by Sunday. As I indicated we will hold our next public briefing tomorrow afternoon following our 1.00 p.m. EMO meeting.