NEMO appeals to Saint Lucians to be prepared for earthquakes

By SNO Staff

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Earthquake damage in Puerto Rico earlier this week

(SNO) – In light of a number of earthquakes rocking the region in recent days, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is appealing to Saint Lucians to be prepared and ready in case the island is affected by one.

Director of the organization, Dorine Gustave, said the quakes show that the entire region is seismically active.

“We are a volcanic island and so we ought to be prepared,” she told HTSNews4orce. “That is the key thing.”

She appealed to all Saint Lucians to visit NEMO’s website where they can find information on preparedness for any sort of hazard.

NEMO’s website is http://nemo.gov.lc

Gustave gave some tips on what to do in case of an earthquake.

“In case of an earthquake, the thing to do is wherever you are at the time, you remain,” she explained. “If you are inside, remain inside. You drop, you cover and hold until the shaking stops.”

She stated that after the shaking stops, one can venture outside.

On Wednesday, an earthquake off the coast of Dominica shook several islands.

Earlier in the week, two earthquakes rocked Puerto Rico causing damages and at least one death.

The US Geological Survey said the Spanish-speaking island had previously experienced up to 500 tremors in as little as 10 days.

During the Christmas week last year, the Lesser Antilles was shaken by a number of earthquakes that rattled some nerves.

Experts have warned that the region will experience a major earthquake and it is just a matter of when.

They urge everyone to be prepared and ready.

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