FLOW says it's prepared for hurricane season

Friday, July 05, 2019

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FLOW Jamaica says it is prepared for the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which commenced on June 1 and runs until November 30.

“The nature of our business demands that we are always prepared for all levels of disasters,” said Heather Wallen-Bryan, senior manager, business continuity, security and safety at Flow Jamaica.

However, FLOW, in a release, said it is taking no chances and has put in place measures to ensure that its network will withstand the impact of a hurricane.

As part of its preparation plan, the company staged its annual hurricane simulation exercise on June 7 to test the readiness of key departments and staff. The exercise which, for the first time, included live simulations, engaged critical agencies such as the National Meteorological Service and Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.

“This exercise is our major gauge on our readiness for the season, as it provides an opportunity to see where existing gaps lie and enables us to implement the required solutions,” Wallen-Bryan noted.

FLOW said that since the start of the season on June 1, staff have been advised to prepare workstations, based on the company's hurricane guidelines, as well as to ensure that the necessary preparations are made for their homes and families.

Additionally, the company said its local crisis management team has been put in activation mode, and is ready to respond to a hurricane with support from its regional team.

FLOW said its existing building maintenance programme ensures that all its structures are able to withstand hurricane force winds.

The US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a near normal season with nine to 15 named storms, of which four to eight could become hurricanes.

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