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Community Councils have a role to play regarding hurricane season pre-planning

Dear Editor,

I would like to see the different Community Councils play a more active role by advising the residents and helping the senior citizens protect their homes during the Hurricane season.

As the co-founder of the St. Peters Community Council, I am missing that community togetherness where we use to give out flyers and do a community walk through advising all residents, especially those that live in vulnerable prone areas within the districts to prepare for the hurricane season.

The Community Council leaders need to go around and check on the residents and senior citizens to make sure all flying debris are secure and help them protect against flying objects that can damage their homes.

Encourage clean-ups in the area. As a Member of Parliament, I still do it within the St. Peters/Marigot Hill area informing all residents to get ready for this Hurricane Season and to buy their basic emergency needs, water, food and emergency kit.

Educate the residents in the vulnerable prone areas about the do's and don'ts during a hurricane and listen to your radio for updates during the passing of the hurricane. Simple things make a big difference of promoting safety in the different communities.

As a community, we have to understand we don't need Government to do everything for us, we also need to be pro-active and do for ourselves and help our neighbours that don't have.

All community Councils should check with Government to make sure the Shelters are ready and to make sure every resident know where the shelters are in case of an emergency.

It's high time, we get back to basics as a community and help our neighbours and seniors properly prepare for this Hurricane Season. We need to get out of the self-mode of "once my family okay, everything is okay" and give a helping hand to your neighbour or your community.

Maurice Lake

Member of Parliament, United People's party

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