GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) –According to weather forecasters, the closure of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season on Tuesday, November 30 also marksthe six consecutive year of an active season.
There were 21-named storms, seven became hurricanes, and four of those became major hurricanes (Category 3+).
Disaster Coordinator and Fire Commander Clive Richardson, and on behalf of Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, chairlady of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), is thankful that the nation has been spared the full onslaught of a major hurricane for the season.
An average season has 14 named storms; seven hurricanes; and three major hurricanes.
“We can share a sense of relief and have a lot to be thankful for as a community after making it through another very active hurricane season.
“Our nation’s Disaster Management Organization of 10 Emergency Support Functions mobilized prior to the start of the season to make the necessary preparations as part of our annual disaster readiness assessment.
“The country’s disaster management system sprang into action on two occasions in August and September and issued the necessary advice to the community on remaining vigilant and prepared to take action.
“The first occasion was a potential threat in August from Tropical Storm Grace where a tropical storm warning was issued for the country and the second occasion entailed Hurricane Sam in September where the populace was advised to review season preparations and to be ready to take action if warranted.
“Always be prepared by having an emergency kit and plan in place for any type of disaster that may occur similar to the preparations that you take during the hurricane season. There are other disasters that can occur other than hurricanes, and therefore one should always be prepared and remain vigilant.
“May you and your family safely enjoy the upcoming holiday season in a healthy and safe manner. Continue to follow the Government public health and safety advice related to the COVID-19 pandemic as the virus is still very much out there,” Disaster Coordinator Clive Richardson told the Department of Communication (DCOMM) on Monday.