Some in local blogosphere poked fun at the minister responsible for emergency preparedness yesterday when he issued a statement declaring that the province is "in a much better position than ever before to manage an emergency event."
With the memories of the catastrophic damage done by Igor, residents of this province are justified in getting nervous when named storms move up the Eastern Seaboard.
In September 2010 , Igor brought 9.4 inches of rain and severe winds. The damage from the storm resulted in the name Igor being retired from the list of Atlantic hurricanes.
Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Municipal Affairs is right when he says we all have a role to play in preparing for emergencies.
Predicting where a hurricane or tropical storm will land, and how intensely, is far from a perfected science. All that municipal and provincial governments can do is prepare and work with the data provided by the meteorologists.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center has downgraded Leslie to a tropical storm, but the
slow-moving system is predicted to regain strength as it moves north. Right now it is tracking for the Avalon, by Monday it might be heading out into the Atlantic, or bearing right down on us as a hurricane.
All we can do is prepare and hope for the best.
Emergency preparedness is no joking matter!